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NOVEMBER 2021

Happy 100th, Larchmont Boulevard!

Dignitaries join residents to mark occasion

n Centennial celebrated with fanfare, cupcakes

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By John Welborne Community leaders, local merchants, landlords and shoppers celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the original Larchmont Boulevard shopping district on Sunday, October 24 — in person and through television. A wide array of TV station news crews and other local media descended upon the boulevard, some as early as 5 a.m. (ABC-TV’s weekend morning shows) to join local merchants and residents in celebrating the 100 years since the founding of the Larchmont shopping district in 1921. The event was sponsored by the merchants’ association, the Larchmont Boulevard Association (LBA). Annually at this time of year, and generally on that same Sunday, the LBA produces the popular Larchmont Family Fair. A 56-year local tradition since 1966, the fair was See Centennial, p 4

LARCHMONT BOULEVARD CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION took place in the middle of the Oct. 24 Sunday farmers market. Officiating at the “cake cutting“ (really, a distribution of cupcakes) were, from left, starting in the rear on the stage: State Senator Ben Allen, LAPD Wilshire Division Commanding Officer Captain Sonia Monico, Fourth District City Councilmember Nithya Raman, LAFD Battalion Chief Robert Takeshita and State Assemblymember Richard Bloom. In the front row, from left, are: Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association President Charles D’Atri, Windsor Square Association President Larry Guzin, First-In Fire Foundation President Lyn MacEwen Cohen, Larchmont Village Business Improvement District Co-Executive Director Heather Duffy Boylston, Larchmont Boulevard Association President John Winther and Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council President Conrad Starr. Photo by Bill Devlin

A bounty of holiday giving options are on the menu n Food drives, children’s gifts brighten holidays MR. LOS ANGELES remembered. 2-5 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

By Nona Sue Friedman Giving is good for your soul and your community. There are so many different ways and places to give this time of year. Below are some of the local options that might inspire you. Uplift Family Services has multiple opportunities to help families this holiday season. A Thanksgiving Food Drive to ensure that their families have a delicious holiday meal is underway from Nov. 1 to Nov. 12. Donate canned goods, box

Holidays on Larchmont

Light up your holidays with the Larchmont Chronicle! Our annual holiday edition is featured in the December issue. Advertising deadline is Thurs., Nov. 11. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241, ext. 11.

items or other holiday dinner needs such as pie crust, cookies and flour. If you don’t feel like shopping, they are happy to do it for you. Purchase a market gift card and drop it at their location, 5930 Gregory Ave. at El Centro, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Want to play Santa to a family in need this year? “Sponsor a Family” through Uplift Family Services gives See Holiday giving, p 6

Holiday trees coming to town n Also Small Business Saturday on Nov. 27

Trees are expected to arrive on Sat., Nov. 27 at the Wilshire Rotary Christmas Tree Lot, 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. “This is our 15th year,” said See Tree lot, p 3

Trick or treat safely this year

By Suzan Filipek Stay safe this Halloween with candy exchanges with families and friends, or throw an outdoor scavenger hunt. Unlike last year, trick or treating is an option, in small groups, wearing a mask — not a costume mask, but one that protects against COVID-19 — and while staying socially distant, according to tips from the County of Los Angeles Public Health Dept. A spooky movie night or pumpkin carving party with the family are other ways to celebrate. And, if not already, get vaccinated. It is the best way to protect against COVID-19.

City redistricting at Council n Changes considered for both CD4 and CD5

It’s that time of the decade, when tireless volunteers have joined forces with elected officials to forge new council districts across the country. In the City of Los Angeles to accommodate population changes, and keep communities that share geography and core values together, our local districts — four and five — and others will look different Jan. 1, 2022. The yearlong review moves to the City Council this month. See the full story, and map, in Sec. 2, page 8.

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By John Welborne

Celebrating Community The October 24 “Larchmont 100” event held on the Boulevard’s mid-block parking lot was a great success, thanks to the volunteer efforts of members of the sponsoring Larchmont Boulevard Association, local Scouts, neighboring residents, and even some former denizens of Larchmont — a cast of dozens of involved and helpful people. That is what “community” is all about. It is community support like that which makes this part of town such a wonderful area within Los Angeles … and also what lets this newspaper exist. The Larchmont Chronicle thanks our readers for your support of the paper each year. That support has allowed the paper to provide local news for 59 years, so far. We also thank you for the many complimentary letters we have received. The enclosed reply envelope gives you an opportunity to continue your support, should you choose to do so. “Thank you” for considering our request. And “Happy Thanksgiving” to our readers and your families!

Sun., Oct. 31 – Halloween. Mon., Nov. 1 – Día de los Muertos. Sun., Nov. 7 – Daylight Saving time ends at 2 a.m. Turn clocks back one hour. Wed., Nov. 10 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting via Zoom, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check greaterwilshire.org to confirm and for login. Thurs., Nov. 11 – Veterans Day. Thurs., Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving Day. Sat., Nov. 27 – Small Business Saturday on Larchmont. Wilshire Rotary Christmas Tree lot opens, 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. Sun., Nov. 28 – First night of Hanukkah. Thurs., Dec. 2 – Delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle.

That’s the question inquiring photographer Caroline Tracy asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

Letters to the Editor Historic Rossmore

I am the grandson of the original builder / developer, Harry Feigenbaum, who successfully built the Ravenswood Apartments prior to the project at 410 N. Rossmore [“Rossmore apartment project presented at a ‘town hall,’” October, 2021.] He owned the property free and clear and operated the Ravenswood. Never being satisfied to sit back and relax, he took out a large loan on the Ravenswood to build the even larger project at 410 N. Rossmore. Then came the “Great Depression” and he had to give up the project to the bank. Being of strong mind, he continued to build in Los Angeles for a few more years and then moved to San Francisco to continue a few more projects. He passed away after barely reaching 60. Terry Feigenbaum Cheviot Hills

Larchmont Centennial

Gotta sit down with this one for a couple hours. So much great stuff. Thank you! Roberta O’Donnell Wilshire Park Received! Looks beautiful. I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on [the] 100th anniversary! Julie Stromberg Brookside Congratulations on the OUTSTANDING edition! Incredible commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Larchmont Village and a keeper! Larry Guzin Windsor Square Your 100th anniversary edition of the Larchmont Chronicle was spectacular! The photos of this neighborhood going back decades show how special it is and how much of it has been preserved. I am a collector of newspapers when they chronicle significant events. This edition of your paper went right

into my collection. Congratulations and thanks! Zev Yaroslavsky Miracle Mile North

I just wanted to let you know that we (including Leighton, age 4 mos. [above]) loved reading through the special edition of the Chronicle! So fun to learn about the neighborhood!

Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 by Jane Gilman and Dawne P. Goodwin .

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Publisher and Editor John H. Welborne Managing Editor Suzan Filipek Deputy Managing Editor Billy Taylor Contributing Editor Jane Gilman Staff Writers Talia Abrahamson Helene Seifer Advertising Director Pam Rudy Advertising Sales Caroline Tracy Art Director Tom Hofer Classified and Circulation Manager Nona Sue Friedman Accounting Jill Miyamoto 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #103

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‘What are you doing for Thanksgiving?’

Landry Doyle Wiese Windsor Square Great sorting through the history of our Blvd. By the way, here’s an ad copy from one of the early day markets on Larchmont. Something I recovered from the trash bin from Sid Avery’s estate. Met some family members when I posted the photo on Nextdoor. Keith Johnson Larchmont Village [The ad is reproduced on page 21 of this issue. – Ed.] Congratulations on your supreme publication — both the special anniversary section and the rest of it. You did a masterful job. What a great legacy for the community. Jane Gilman Former Publisher What an achievement! I am very proud of you. The cover photo and the lead story and the way it is so well-written — just grabs your attention... “breathless, energetic, super active times ...” That is exactly the energy and seize-the-day spirit of cooperation, joy, hope and resilience we need to breathe new vigor into the new era emerging together beyond COVID and using the fabulous Centennial as a springboard and catalyst for Larchmont Village’s revitalized brilliant future. Lyn MacEwen Cohen Hancock Park Re Lyn MacEwen Cohen’s message ... I concur! Just finished reading the entire edition on Sunday afternoon and it is fabulous. THANK YOU! May I continue to choose to wear my rose-colored lenses and roll up my sleeves in the coming decades! Anne Loveland Hancock Park The 100 Years of Larchmont that you put together is abso(Please turn to page 21)

“I’m a chef, and I’m actually being flown to Miami to cook for a client. Everything is going to be organic and made from scratch. It’s going to be a soul food Thanksgiving.” Ariel Malone with daughters Aryah (3), Lottie and Mattie (both 2) Jefferson Park

“We are going to Charm City (aka Baltimore) to be with my wife’s family. She lost her cousin last year, during the pandemic, so it’s very important to get back there and spend quality time with everyone. While we are there, we are going to visit the Baltimore Aquarium.” Brandon Nagle, Jenny Volodarsky and Theia Nagle Citrus Square

“I’m either going up north to be with family or I’m going to stay here and have a friendsgiving.” “We’re here with my mom today (visiting from Studio City) , and I’m definitely going to do something with her because we were apart last year. It’s probably going to be us and my little brother and we’ll do it at my aunt’s place.” Erika Quintana and Natasha Aronson, Koreatown, with Natasha’s mom, Laura Aronson


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At Chevalier’s: Mistress of the Dark Tree lot

By Suzan Filipek Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, made a spooky splash on the Boulevard Oct. 14 to sign copies of her new memoir, “Yours Cruelly, Elvira,” at Chevalier’s Books. The Halloween icon was without her Goth look and beehive

CROWD gathers on Oct. 13 for Bespoke Beauty Brand event. Right, makeup artists apply products to volunteers.

Small Business Saturday on Blvd. Nov. 27

Toni Ko hosts a product launch

By Billy Taylor Beauty influencers and aspiring models descended on Larchmont in droves last month for a product launch and model search at Toni Ko’s Bespoke Beauty Brand headquarters, located at 320 N. Larchmont Blvd. The company’s Kim Chi Chic product line launched a new foundation, called

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“A Really Good Foundation,” and the public was invited to attend the launch, where 40 people were chosen to model the foundation’s many shades available on its website, kimchichicbeauty.com.

hairdo of years past, but drew a crowd of fans nonetheless, who were eager to meet the Mistress of the Dark. The book tells how the undisputed queen of Halloween began her journey with a childhood accident that led to a love of horror.

LONG LINE of fans came for book signing at Chevalier’s by author Cassandra Peterson, above right.

Photos by Gary Leonard

Small Business Saturday will kick off the holiday shopping season Sat., Nov. 27 from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. Participating stores on Larchmont Boulevard will offer discounts, raffles and a prize drawing and live entertainment to herald the spirit of the season. The event is sponsored by the Larchmont Boulevard Association.

(Continued from page 1) Rotarian Wendy Clifford. This year’s crop is expected to be limited due to heat wave damage. “We are still waiting to hear from our grower and other growers,” Clifford said. The Rotarian Pumpkin Patch is at the same location and will be open through Sat., Oct. 30 (or until they run out of pumpkins). Sales of the pumpkins and trees help fund Rotary service projects in the community, humanitarian projects around the world and scholarships for local students. Hours for both the tree lot and pumpkin patch are Monday to Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 323-464-1935, or visit the Facebook page at facebook. com/larchmontpumpkinpatch.


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(Continued from page 1) cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic. No costume contest and no scary rides this year! But there was some tension. Many attendees claimed that the dramatic high point of this year’s centennial event involved the cupcakes. There was cringing and gasping any time the tall and narrow, yellow-draped table was moved — with viewers fearing that the

seven-tier display of birthday cupcakes would tip over any time the table was rearranged front and center on the stage, or when the dignitaries were walking onto the stage with steps too heavy. Councilmember Raman quipped that the mild earthquake (3.6) earlier in the morning seemed nowhere near as threatening as the speakers’ own footsteps on the stage. But all was well, the tower of cupcakes did not fall, speeches were made, photos were taken,

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and those 100 cupcakes, plus 152 more, were distributed to attendees. For this special day, the center of the usual farmers market in the surface parking lot was left wide open. The vendor tents that normally would have been in that space were arranged up and down the curb along the sidewalk on the west side of the street. Officials spoke The elected officials who spoke and extended their (Please turn to page 5)

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(Continued from page 4) greetings to the merchants, property owners and customers of Larchmont Boulevard shops included the Boulevard’s state senator, Ben Allen, and assemblymember, Richard Bloom. Local City Councilmember Nithya Raman spoke not only on the stage but also presided over the dedication of the latest street tree added to the Boulevard. Filling a long-vacant tree well in front of 141 North Larchmont, the staff of the city’s “Streets LA” department installed a large African fern pine purchased by the Windsor Square Association. Nearby store, Tailwaggers, has accepted responsibility for the needed weekly tree watering. Mayor Garcetti was expected to attend, but an email from his staff, just as the program was underway, said he was unable to join the celebration. Musicians performed The raised stage, in the middle of the market, was backed by a powder blue centennial banner and a truly extraordinary garland of big, bright, colorful balloons. The stage also served as the setting for music from students of Rhodes School of Music. Four separate performances came from Lennon Wedren, guitar and vocals; Nadja Vikram-Bugaj, piano and vocals; Zain Vikram-Bugaj, guitar; and Daniel Post, drums. All of the special Centennial activity, including distribution of souvenir printed Programs and free copies of the Larchmont Chronicle Souvenir Collector’s Edition and booklet, “Larchmont Boulevard: Then & Now,” wound down even before the usual end time of the Sunday market. By late afternoon, one of the volun-

teers from Scout Troop 10 or the LBA — who had been moving tottering cupcakes as well as heavy boxes, traffic cones, and folding tables, plus hanging banners and doing all the other organizing — observed that the event was “really worthwhile, but not again for another 100 years, please.”

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COUNCILMEMBER Nithya Raman and Windsor Square Association president Larry Guzin gave the new sidewalk street tree a drink and welcomed it to the Boulevard. Photo by Bill Devlin


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you the opportunity to make a family’s Christmas complete and magical. Contact Jasmine Cadena at jasmine.cadena@ upliftfs.org or 323-769-7173 for details. Uplift Family Services is also sponsoring a toy drive in December. They are looking for toys or gift card donations to be dropped at their Hollygrove location (address above)

by Dec. 10. If you’d rather participate online visit upliftfs. org/get-involved/donate and select “Los Angeles Region” in the drop-down menu. • • • Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children is looking for canned food to help their women and children. They are also in need of new items to help their participants transition into permanent housing. Articles to make a new house a

home include sheets, dishes, toiletries, diapers, cleaning supplies, gift cards and small appliances. Drop off items at 1650 Rockwood St. Visit their website at gschomeless.org/ donate-an-item where they have an Amazon Wish List button for ease of donating. ••• Looking for a creative family activity you can do in the comfort of your own home and still help someone? Give some joy by making cheery cards

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for recipients of meals with St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (SVMOW). Write a warm note on stationery or take your artistic talent to paper and create your own card. Either one will be greatly appreciated. This is an ongoing drive to brighten someone’s day. Mail or drop your creations at SVMOW, 2303 Miramar St., Los Angeles, 90057. ••• Covenant House California (CHC) cares for homeless youth with food, clothing and shelter. CHC is looking for pillows, new clothing and gift cards throughout the months of November and December. Please send or bring your donations to CHC at 1325 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, 90027. You can also see their Amazon Wish List at: covenanthousecalifornia.org/Donate-Items. ••• Adopt-A-Family/Child is happening at Aviva Family Services (Aviva) from Mon., Nov. 1 through Mon., Dec. 20. This program needs gifts for families and children. Donations are distributed to people receiving help at Aviva. You can mail or bring gifts to 7120 Franklin Ave., Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Additionally, you can go to Aviva’s Amazon Wish List at aviva.org/2021-holiday-drive. If this is your time to purge, Aviva is also looking for gently used or new women’s plus-size clothing, toddler clothing, adult male casual clothing, strollers and fans. ••• Los Angeles Mission provides food, hot showers and safe shelter to people experiencing homelessness. This holiday season they are hosting several special meals for the unhoused. They need help preparing and serving on Fri., Nov. 19, Wed., Nov. 24, and Fri., Dec. 24. Interested? Visit losangelesmission.org to sign up. ••• Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30, is a wonderful opportunity to help PIH Health Good (Please turn to page 10)

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It is still outdoors for benefits

By John Welborne Three traditional annual charity events represent many that are starting up again, but outdoors. The October 2 Children’s Chain of Children’s Hospital Dinner Dance not only featured fresh air, but fresh ocean air, at The Beach Club in Santa Monica. The 10th annual Rose Award of the Los Angeles Parks Foun-

dation was presented in the beautiful Rose Garden in Exposition Park, with water fountain spray and the historic original Natural History Museum building in the background, on October 7. Again in Santa Monica, but up on the bluff on Ocean Avenue at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel on October 23, the Children’s Institute held its fourth

ROSE AWARD is described (above, left) by Windsor Square’s Carolyn Ramsay. The award was presented to Los Angeles Clippers executive Gillian Zucker and international swimming sensation Diana Nyad. Mayor Garcetti (above, right) spoke at the event.

annual Cape and Gown Gala. Honored there were “superheroes” Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard, and Windsor Square’s own Suzanne Rheinstein, noted interior designer, author and philanthropist, who was

introduced by friend and nextdoor-neighbor, Jennifer Fain.

CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE honored Suzanne Rheinstein, above with daughter Kate. At left, Jennifer Fain.

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ology, Labor & Delivery and Emergency Departments. ••• If you are looking for the most comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities for the holidays, Big Sunday has you covered. On Mon., Nov. 1, they post over 400 ways to help throughout the city. Visit bigsunday.org.

The Thanksgiving Stuffing Event is Wed., Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. For the 19th year, volunteers pack bags full of Thanksgiving meal provisions in addition to packing generic food bags. ••• If you’d rather stay at home to do your good deeds, Downtown Women’s Center (DWC),

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which empowers women experiencing homelessness and formally homeless women, needs “Help from Home Kits” and “Toiletry Kits” for its program. Visit downtownwomenscenter.org/help-from-homekits. Planning on purchasing gifts? Come by the DWC store where you will find homemade candles, soaps and bath salts made by the women served by DWC. Their store is downtown at 325 S. Los Angeles St. and is another way it supports its programming. ••• Shoes from Santa is looking for kids shoes and toys. The Olympic Division of LAPD hosts this event. Drop off any kind of new shoe or toy, wrapped or unwrapped, at the station at 1130 S. Vermont between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Please deliver all items by Wed., Dec. 8. ••• Thousands of meal bags will be filled by the Karsh Center as part of their Big Give Week activities, Nov. 14 to 22. To donate to this cause, visit karshcenter.org/biggive/donate ••• Assistance League of Los Angeles helps needy children throughout Los Angeles. And what child doesn’t love a soft and cozy blanket? Make a no-sew fleece blanket on Sat., Nov. 13. In addition to creating blankets, they are incorporating a Personal Care Item Drive. For more information and to sign up, go to sweetdreamsandbrightsmiles. eventbrite.com.

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New patio at a classic is perfect for food, fun, camaraderie

By Suzan Filipek This year, just in time for our annual fall Dining Guide, restaurants are (mostly) back open! And life is getting back to normal, somewhat. To celebrate, the Chronicle staff headed to a classic — Pink’s Hot Dogs — on La Brea Avenue. Since we last visited the all-day-and-late-night landmark, an outdoor patio has been transformed into a sea of white tables with pink umbrellas, providing a fun and colorful setting to enjoy your chosen “dog” (or hamburger) with all the trimmings. The outdoor seating is in the back, where part of the parking lot once stood. (Plenty of parking is still available just north of the order window.) While the Chronicle’s 2020 Dining Guide featured pickup and delivery service and some al fresco dining options, this year’s three-page guide, which

CHRONICLE STAFF, left to right: Founder Jane Gilman, Jill Miyamoto, Nona Friedman, Caroline Tracy, Pam Rudy, Billy Taylor, Suzan Filipek, Rachel Olivier, Tom Hofer and Publisher John Welborne. (Absent are staff writers Talia Abrahamson and Helene Seifer.) Photo by Gary Leonard

starts on page 14, has many more “A’s” for al fresco outdoor dining. The list is a sample of the dining options available in the neighborhood. As was the case last year, in addition to regular service and “A,” some listed restaurants also have “P” for pickup and / or “D” for delivery. If a favorite eatery was overlooked, please let us know at info@larchmontchronicle. com. Helene Seifer, our On the Menu columnist, heads to a tropically festooned indooroutdoor restaurant, DAMA this month. Read all about it on page 17. On page 12, Wendy Werris writes a profile of Café Attitude, a new restaurant located in the same spot as a one-time much-loved favorite. It’s a story of survival and revival, and good food too. Happy dining!


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2021 Fall Dining Guide Community welcomes a friendly new Attitude Café

By Wendy Werris When Melissa Kim and Bill Gardean decided to open a café where Fiddler’s Restaurant used to be on Third Street, neither had any nuts-and-bolts experience running a restaurant. Bill is an antiques dealer who’s owned Villa Melrose Antiques for about 30 years, and Melissa has been running the Park Plaza Lodge, one block away, for as long. “We were neighborhood friends,” says Bill. “We used to see each other

at Starbucks every morning.” While the former Fiddler’s space sat empty, Melissa, who handles her father’s affairs, was badly injured in an accident, and Bill took care of her. As she recovered, she asked Bill if he would be her partner in a new restaurant that sat exactly in between his business and hers on Third Street. “I was busy with my shop and traveling to Europe all the time,” he said. “How was I going to remodel and operate a restaurant?” Bill

resisted for a long time, but Melissa was persuasive. “I finally caved in,” he said, laughing. “From the moment I met Melissa and her parents, they felt like old friends.” This was at the start of the pandemic, and it was difficult to find qualified construction workers. Still, the partners persevered, and soon Attitude was in the midst of its major upgrade and remodel. But first they had to face the pandemic’s reality. “We opened on

March 18, 2020,” says Melissa, “and Governor Newsom closed all indoor dining establishments the next day. We could only do take-out and online orders. But the neighborhood and this community made us survive.” Attention-grabbing signs in front of Attitude caught the eyes of people passing by, as well as the residents of Park La Brea across the street. Bill adds, “It was the kindness of our neighbors.” Attitude reopened in February of this year, and business is thriving. On the weekends there’s usually a line out the door, “which is unusual for a new business that had no experience running a restaurant,” says Bill. “Melissa and I pat each other on the back when people have to wait for a table!” They re-hired one of the former Fiddler’s chefs, and they are constantly adding new dishes to the menu. “I’m halfMexican and Melissa is Korean, so the possibilities are endless. Kimchee burritos, anyone?” Bill says, smiling. The current menu has all the traditional fare a neighborhood café is known for, but with more flair. Formica tabletops have been replaced with Italian marble, the floors are brand new, and beautiful art — some

NEW RESTAURATEURS Bill Gardean and Melissa Kim.

from Bill’s shop — now adorns the walls. The bathrooms have been completely remodeled; in addition, a handicapped bathroom was installed. “The patio is a work in progress,” says Bill. “We’re adding new landscaping, the trees will have sparkly lights on them, and there are big tile pots filled with fresh herbs.” The patio in front has colorful umbrellas on the tables, and an array of plants and new shrubs replaced the dirt on the parkway in front of Attitude. Also, Attitude bought back the liquor license and now has a full bar, temporarily portable, while the actual bar is under construction. Simultaneously, the adjacent Park (Please turn to page 18)

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Larchmont Chronicle’s Alfresco dining to deliveries are among bountiful neighborhood options This list is a sample of the dining options available in and around our neighborhood. As was the case last year, in addition to regular service, some also have “P/D/A” — “P” is for pickup, “D” for delivery, and “A” for al fresco dining. Call ahead to confirm. If a favorite eatery was overlooked, please let us know at info@larchmontchronicle.com. Note: The Original Farmers Market is at 6333 W. Third St. The Grove is next door at 189 The Grove Dr.

Larchmont Boulevard BRICKS AND SCONES

403 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-463-0811 bricksandscones.menufy.com Mon. to Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

BURGER LOUNGE

217 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-462-2310 burgerlounge.com Sun. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

CAFÉ GRATITUDE

639 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-580-6383 cafegratitude.com Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

CHAN DARA

ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY 236 N. Larchmont Blvd. 855-462-2292 erinmckennasbakery.com Sun. to Thurs. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

GO GET EM TIGER

230 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-543-4321 gget.com Mon. to Fri. 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

GOOD GOOSE CAFÉ 5210 Beverly Blvd. 323-378-5272 goodgoosecafe.com temporarily closed

GREAT WHITE

244 N. Larchmont Blvd. 424-744-8403 greatwhitevenice.com Sun. to Thurs. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

GROUNDWORK

CHIPOTLE

223 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-856-8699 larchmontvillagewine.com Mon. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN

113 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-461-7701 lepainquotidien.com Daily 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LE PETIT GREEK

LOUISE’S TRATTORIA

232 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-962-9510 louises.com Mon. to Thurs. 12 to 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 12 to 9 p.m.; Sun. 12 to 8 p.m.

122 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-378-5720 Daily 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

125 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-856-0369 Daily noon to 8 p.m.

JAMBA JUICE

KREATION JUICE

121 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-848-4714 kreationjuice.com Daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mon. to Thurs. 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

PRESSED 201 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-4645-8000 pressed.com Daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

SAM’S BAGELS 232 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-962-9510 Daily 6 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

STARBUCKS

127 N. Larchmont Blvd. 206 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-464-5160 323-469-1081 lepetitgreek.com starbucks.com Tues. to Thurs. 5 to 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat. 5 to 9 p.m.; Sun. 1 to 3 p.m. SWEETFIN and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. 135 N. Larchmont Blvd. LEMONADE 323-465-6040 626 N. Larchmont Blvd. sweetfin.com 323-464-0700 Daily 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. lemonadela.com Daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

150 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-843-4920 groundworkcoffee.com Mon. to Fri. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

KIKU SUSHI 310 N. Larchmont Blvd. 246 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-467-1052 323-464-1323 Tues. to Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Daily noon to 9 p.m. 5 to 9 p.m. 301 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-978-2047 chipotle.com Daily 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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NOAH’S BAGELS

250 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-466-2924 noahs.com Daily 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PEET’S COFFEE

124 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-978-1003 peets.com

TACOS TU MADRE

203 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-499-1143 tacostumadre.com Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

VERNETTI

ALL ABOUT THE BREAD 7111 Melrose Ave. 323-930-8989 allaboutthebread.com Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ANARKALI INDIAN RESTAURANT 7013 Melrose Ave. 323-934-6488 anarkalilosangeles.com Sun. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

ANGELINI ALIMENTARI ANGELINI OSTERIA 7313-7321 Beverly Blvd. 323-297-0070 angelinirestaurantgroup.com Daily 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.

ANIMAL

435 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-782-9225 animalrestaurant.com temporarily closed

ANTONIO’S

225 N. Larchmont Blvd. 7470 Melrose Ave. 323-798-5886 323-658-9060 vernetti.la antoniosonmelrose.com Tues. to Fri., noon to 3 p.m.; Tues. Tues. to Sun. noon to 10 p.m. to Sun., 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to APOLLONIA’S PIZZERIA 10:30 p.m. 5176 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-2823 VILLAGE PIZZERIA apolloniaspizzeria.com 131 N. Larchmont Blvd. Wed. to Sun. noon to 2:30 p.m. 323-465-5566 and 5 to 8 p.m. villagepizzeria.net Wed. to Thurs. 3 to 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 3 ASTROBURGER to 8:30 p.m.; Sun. 3 to 8 p.m. 5601 Melrose Ave. 323-469-1924

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BADMAASH 418 N. Fairfax Ave. 213-281-5185 badmaashla.com Daily noon to 9 p.m.

BAGEL BROKER 7825 Beverly Blvd. 323-931-1258 bagelbroker.com Mon. to Sat. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BERRI’S CAFÉ 8412 W. 3rd St. 323-852-0642 berrisla.com Daily 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.

BLACK DOG COFFEE 5657 Wilshire Blvd. 323-933-1976 blackdogcoffee.net Mon. to Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BLUDSO’S BAR + QUE

THE CAT & FIDDLE PUB AND RESTAURANT 742 N. Highland Ave. 323-468-3800 thecatandfiddle.com Sun. to Thurs. noon to 9 p.m.; Fri., Sat. noon to 10 p.m.

COMMERSON 788 S. La Brea Ave. 323-813-3000 commersonrestaurant.com Tues. to Sat. 3 to 10 p.m.

THE COUNTER 5779 Wilshire Blvd. 323-932-8900 thecounterburger.com Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

DRESDEN ROOM 1760 Vermont Ave. 323-665-4294 thedresden.com Wed. to Sat. 5 to 10 p.m.; Sun. 5 to 9 p.m.

DU-PAR’S

323-330-9501 GIGI’S einsteinbros.com 904 N. Sycamore Ave. Mon. to Fri. 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sat., gigis.la Sun. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues. to Sat. 5:30 to 11 p.m.

EL CHOLO

1121 S. Western Ave. 323-734-2773 elcholo.com Daily 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

EL COYOTE CAFÉ

THE GROVE 323-900-8080 thegrovela.com Mon. to Thurs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

KALI RESTAURANT 5722 Melrose Ave. 323-871-4160 kalirestaurant.com Wed. to Sun. 6 to 9:30 p.m.

LA BREA BAKERY CAFÉ 468 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-6813 labreabakery.com Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

HMS BOUNTY 7312 Beverly Blvd. LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB 3357 Wilshire Blvd. 323-939­2255 100 N. La Cienega 213-385-7275 elcoyotecafe.com 310-652-2827 thehmsbounty.com Wed., Thurs. and Sun. noon to 9 lawrysonline.com Mon. to Thurs. noon to midnight; p.m.; Fri., Sat. noon to 10 p.m. Mon. to Thurs. 5 to 9 p.m.; Fri. 5 Fri. to Sun. noon to 1 a.m. ESCUELA TAQUERIA to 10 p.m.; Sat. 4 to 10 p.m.; Sun. HOT WINGS CAFÉ 7450 Beverly Blvd. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 323-932-6178 7011 Melrose Ave. p.m. escuelataqueria.com 323-930-1233 LUCIFER’S PIZZA Daily 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. hotwingscafe.net 7123 Melrose Ave. Mon. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 11:30 323-424-4230 FABIOLUS CUCINA p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to midnight; luciferspizza.com 6270 Sunset Blvd. Sun noon to 11 p.m. Sun. to Thurs. noon to 10 p.m.; 323-467-2882 Fri., Sat. noon to 11 p.m. fabiolus.com INDIA’S TANDOORI Tues. to Fri. 5 to 10 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 5468 Wilshire Blvd. LITTLE BAR LOUNGE 4 to 10 p.m. 323-936-2050 757 S. La Brea Ave.

Farmers Market 419 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-933-8446 323-651-2030 dupars.net FARMERS MARKET barandque.com Mon. to Fri. 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 323-933-9211 Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 3 Sat., Sun. 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. farmersmarketla.com p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 Sun. to Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; EAST INDIA GRILL a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1245 S. Fairfax Ave. Sat. noon to 10 p.m.; Sun. noon to 323-936-8844 FIVE GUYS 9 p.m. eastindiagrillla.com 5550 Wilshire Blvd. THE BUN SHOP Sun. to Wed. 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 323-939-2360 151 N. Western Ave. p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 11 fiveguys.com 323-468-1031 p.m. Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. thebunshopla.com THE EDMON Daily 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. FRENCH CREPE 5168 Melrose Ave. COMPANY 323-645-5225 CANTER’S DELI Farmers Market theedmon.com 419 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-934-3113 Tues. to Sat. 5 p.m. to close. 323-651-2030 frenchcrepe.com EINSTEIN BROS. cantersdeli.com Mon. to Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; BAGELS Dine in daily 6 a.m. to midnight; Fri., Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 5550 Wilshire Blvd. Take out open 24 hours. Sun. 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

indiastandoori.net Daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES 5655 Wilshire Blvd. 323-297-4467 ihop.com Daily 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

ISA JAPANESE 916 S. La Brea Ave. 323-879-9536 isajapanese.com Daily noon to midnight.

JON & VINNY’S 412 N. Fairfax Ave. jonandvinnys.com Daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

littlebarlounge.com Mon. to Fri. 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat., Sun. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

LUCY’S EL ADOBE 5536 Melrose Ave. 323-462-9421 Mon. to Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 2 to 10 p.m.

M CAFÉ 7119 Melrose Ave. 323-525-0588 mcafedechaya.com Daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Mon. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Sat. 4 to 9:30 p.m.; Sun. 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Farmers Market 323-938-4127 mageeskitchen.com Mon. to Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY The Grove 323-965-9665 maggianos.com Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

MARINO RISTORANTE 6001 Melrose Ave. 323-466-8812 marinorestaurant.com Mon. to Fri. noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Sat. 5 to 10 p.m.

MARMALADE CAFE Farmers Market 323-954-0088 marmaladecafe.com Mon. to Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Farmers Market 323-452-9299 markettavernla.com Daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

MERCADO 7910 W. Third St. 323-944-0947

5 to 8:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Mon. to Thurs. 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ONO HAWAIIAN BBQ

PAPA CRISTO’S

5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-525-1688 onohawaiianbbq.com Daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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cocinasycalaveras.com/Mercado Tues. to Thurs 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 4 to 10 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 759 S. La Brea Ave. 323-847-5013 metheratabar.com Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MET HIM AT A BAR 801 S. La Brea Ave. 323-852-3321 methimatabar.com Mon. to Thurs. 4 to 10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

THE MEXICAN VILLAGE 3668 Beverly Blvd. 213-385-0479 themexicanvillage.com Tues. to Thurs., 4 to 10 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

MIZLALA 7007 W. Romaine St., #103 323-347-6292 mizlala.com/sycamore Tues. to Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

MUSSO AND FRANK GRILL 6667 Hollywood Blvd. 323-467-7788 mussoandfrank.com Tues. to Sat. 5 to 11 p.m.; Sun. 4 to 10 p.m.

OFF VINE RESTAURANT 6263 Leland Way 323-962-1900 offvine.com Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 8:30 p.m.; Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and

ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET 6333 W. Third St. 323-933-9211 farmersmarketla.com Sun. to Thurs. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

OSTERIA MAMMA 5732 Melrose Ave. 323-284-7060 osteriamamma.com Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 5 to 9:45 p.m.

OSTERIA LA BUCA 5210 Melrose Ave. 323-462-1900 osterialabuca.com Sun. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Sun. to Thurs. 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 5 to 11 p.m.

OSTERIA MOZZA 6602 Melrose Ave. 323-297-0100 la.osteriamozz.com Sun. 5 to 9 p.m.; Wed., Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri. 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Sat. 5 to 10 p.m.

PAMPAS GRILL Farmers Market 323-931-1928 pampas-grill.com

2771 W. Pico Blvd. 323-737-2970 papacristos.com Wed. to Sun. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

PETIT TROIS 718 N. Highland Ave. 323-468-8916 petittrois.com Daily noon to 10 p.m.

PETROSSIAN 321 N. Robertson Blvd. 310-271-6300 petrossianrestaurants.com Thurs. to Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PETTY CASH 7360 Beverly Blvd. 323-933-5300 pettycashtaqueria.com Sun., Tues to Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 5:30 to 10 p.m.

PINK’S HOT DOGS 709 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-4223 pinkshollywood.com Sun. to Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

PIZZERIA MOZZA 641 N. Highland Ave. 323-297-0101 la.pizzeriamozza.com Wed. to Sun. 5 to 10 p.m.

PROVIDENCE

213-304-8424 sparetirepub.com Mon. to Thurs. 4 p.m. to midnight, Fri. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat. noon to 2 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to midnight.

STAR OF INDIA 730 Vine St. 323-939-6815 starofindia.com Mon. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:45 to 10:30 p.m.; Sat. 11:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sun. 11:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.

SUPREMO RISTORANTE 901 S. La Brea Ave. 323-852-3192 supremoristorante.com Sun., Mon., Tues. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Wed. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

SYCAMORE KITCHEN 143 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-0151 thesycamorekitchen.com Tues. to Fri. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TARTINE 911 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-552-6054 tartinebakery.com Daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TATSU RAMEN 7111 Melrose Ave. 323-747-1388 tatsuramen.com Daily 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

TAYLOR’S STEAKHOUSE 5955 Melrose Ave. 3361 W. Eighth St. 323-460-4170 213-382-8449 providencela.com taylorssteakhouse.com Tues. to Fri. 6 to 9 p.m.; Sat. 5:30 Sun. to Thurs. 4 to 9:30 p.m.; Fri., to 9 p.m. Sat. 4 to 10:30 p.m. RAY’S AND STARK BAR LACMA

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109 N. Fairfax Ave. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-591-0470 323-857-6180 tsujita-usa.com patinagroup.com Daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat., Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Mon., Tues., Thurs. noon to TSURI SUSHI 5 p.m.; Fri. noon to 7:30 p.m. 7015 Melrose Ave. 323-935-1517 tsurionmelrose.com RÉPUBLIQUE Mon. to Thur. 5:30 to 10 p.m.; 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Fri. 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Sat. 4 to 11 323-857-6180 p.m.; Sun. 4 to 10 p.m. republiquela.com

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ROCCO’S PIZZA 6335 Wilshire Blvd. 323-655-0058 roccospizza.la Mon. 3 to 9 p.m.; Tues. to Sun. noon to 9 p.m.

SAKE HOUSE MIRO 809 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-7075 sakehousemiro.com Daily 4 to 11 p.m.

SIGHTGLASS 7051 Willoughby Ave. 323-763-8588 sightglasscoffee.com Daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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2021 Fall Dining Guide Lively indoor-outdoor space serves pan-Latin flavors

Those game enough to wander the edgier side of Los Angeles will be rewarded with the bright flavors and fun bites of Mexico and beyond in the tropically-festooned indooroutdoor restaurant DAMA. Located in the former Pacific Banana Company building in an obscure plaza on the edge of a homeless encampment in the fashion district, DAMA sits across from the Italian restaurant Rosso-blu (reviewed in the August Larchmont Chronicle). Here ceiling fans spin, wide verandas beckon and the aromas of charred everything entice as one approaches the buzzing eatery. This is not the place to enjoy a quiet, intimate meal, but it is a venue with the kind of flavor explosions only chiles, chorizo and salsa can bring. The heart of the restaurant is a semi-enclosed bar area with colorful patterned tile floors and walls broken by wide folding doors flung wide. Two levels of rattan-chaired terraces open out from there, punctuated with umbrellas, ferns and palms. We sat on a side wing of the upper level, which the host assured us would be quieter than amidst the partying tables below. He was right, and we were pleased to note that we still felt part of the action and not shunted into a fuddy-duddy zone. Cocktails run $11-$18 and reflect both Latin and island tastes. The three of us enjoyed sangria, mezcal and watermelon juice and a mezcal and aperol concoction mixed with lemon and pineapple juices, all delicious. The dishes are divided into shareable small plates and larger entrée dishes, all well-sized. There’s no need to attempt the surgical precision necessary to carve up tiny precious portions. The well-curated menu includes $22 kanpachi aguachile, $25 charred octopus, $18 bone marrow with pickled serrano chili, clams and chorizo with charred bread and a 24-ounce bone-in dry-aged rib eye with salsa verde, $74. Latin-tinged restaurants across the city have become obsessed with Mexican street corn and DAMA offers a particularly fine $16 version. Served on the cob, speared by wooden skewers, the five flavorful ears are super-messy and super-satisfying. Steamed, then rolled in queso fresco and cotija, doused with cilantro aioli, spritzed with chili lime salt and drizzled with crema, they are by turns sweet, creamy, pungent, indulgent and addictive. One of the hits of the night was a $15 plate of four per-

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accompanying lettuce leaves, scatter some pickled vegetables over it, add a squeeze of lime and flurry of cilantro and drizzle one or both of the spicy side sauces and voilà, a lettucewrapped porky package of flavor. DAMA, 612 E. 11th Street, 213-741-0612.

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Grand Marshall Sheryl Underwood, co-host of the CBS TV show “The Talk,” will be joined by hosts Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams and cohost Elizabeth Stanton. The 89th annual parade supports Marine Toys for Tots and culminates with the appearance of the Jolly Old Elf himself, (Please turn to page 18)

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2021 Fall Dining Guide Sheryl Lee Ralph of ‘Dreamgirls’ opens Ebell season

By Helene Seifer The Ebell of Los Angeles launched its new programming season in style with the debut of a one-woman show, “Journey to Center Stage,”

by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, (Tony Award-nominated for her starring role in the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls”). Nearly 100 Ebell members

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(Continued from page 17) Santa Claus, and his reindeer. The parade will begin at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard and head to Vine Street and back around on Sunset Boulevard. After more than 80 years, the annual event was cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The last time it was missed was during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. Celebrities, movie cars, awardwinning bands, equestrians and

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colorful floats will be featured. The parade will be broadcast on The CW Network KTLA 5 and other outlets to be announced.

and guests gathered for coffee and pastries in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre’s courtyard before entering the historic venue for an anecdote-filled musical tour of the career of the actress, singer, writer and activist. Ralph, an Ebell Club member herself, moved the crowd with her tale of grit, determination and pluck. This was the club’s first foray back to live, in-person programming, and members were enthusiastic about the performance as well as the camaraderie. “It’s such a friendly, welcoming atmosphere everyone has created,” states Windsor Square resident June Bilgore. “It was heartwarming with a fabulous program as well. Sheryl Lee Ralph was so inspi-

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Louis Fantasia ing the theater) acknowledged the institution’s shortcomings and made sufficient remedial proposals that Mr. Harris is now allowing his play to go on. The Taper is not alone: the historic Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia was hit with protests over lack of opportunities for people of color, and the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va. cancelled its season over similar issues. Revivals Some theaters are choosing to turn the clock back with revivals of nostalgia-heavy comfort-food. Broadway is planning “The Music Man,” Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” “Funny Girl,” “Company” and Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive,” all of which would make Rip Van Winkle think he hadn’t missed much. Locally, the Odyssey Theater revives its production of Jean-Claude van Itallie’s 1960s-era “The Serpent” (to Dec. 12), while the Pasadena Playhouse features music by the female rock band, The Go-Gos, in “Head Over Heels,” a “dance party” based on Sir Philip Sydney’s “Arcadia.” (Nov. 9 to Dec. 12.) Not to be outdone, “Incredible: The Musical” plays at the Bourbon Room in Hollywood, featuring the song catalogue of Pat Benatar and her husband Neil Giraldo, in a retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” (Nov 10-12 only). The Ahmanson brings the Old Vic production of “A Christ-

mas Carol” to town Nov. 30, followed in March by the National Theater’s “The Lehman Trilogy” (which re-opened on Broadway with Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez watching the fall of capitalism from the audience). Also opening November 30 is the touching “The Band’s Visit,” based on the film about an Egyptian military band stuck overnight in a small Israeli town (to Dec. 19). Hybrid approaches More and more theaters are

experimenting with some sort of hybrid opening, trying to find the sweet spot between “bums in seats” and “eyeballs on the screen.” The Los Angeles Opera presents Rossini’s “Cinderella” (Nov. 20 to Dec. 12), and it will live-stream two performances (Nov. 28 and Dec. 1). For those venturing downtown, Los Angeles Opera also has what it calls a “Breathe Easy Section,” where “seats next to you and your party could be blocked off.”

To jump coasts for a second, there is also the off-Broadway revival of Wallace Shawn’s 30-year-old play, “The Fever” (about white privilege) with Lily Taylor. After it closes this month, the play will be available on Audible. “Closing” is now as fluid a concept as “opening.” All theaters require proof of vaccination, and masks are compulsory. Ticket information is on the theaters’ websites. Get your shots, mask up, and go!

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2021 Fall Dining Guide News from 14th-century France; Cousteau, the filmmaker Carrouges demanded that Le Gris be tried for rape. It is based on the book, “The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France,” 2004, by Eric Jager, a UCLA English professor. This is not “The Knights of the Round Table” (1953) or “King Richard and the Crusaders” (1954), those shmaltzy almost comic-book ’50s attempts at recreating feudal Europe. Director Ridley Scott recreates a gritty, believable 14th-century France. The battle scenes are realistic, and the staging of the duel is convincing, if somewhat changed for cinematic purposes. The movie tries to tell the story from the POV of each, Sir Jean, Le Gris, and Marguerite, sort of neo-

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(Continued from page 2) lutely fabulous. So interesting and so well done! Congratulations. Hilary Crahan Windsor Square I am watching the Dodgers while digesting the amazing job you and your team did on the Chronicle’s [Larchmont 100th Anniversary] issue. Wow! What a great job! Congrats! Harry Chandler DTLA Bravo, Chronicle! Your 100year anniversary issue is such a treasure. After living for 54 years in Hancock Park, I remember much of it well. Thank you. Diana “DeDe” McNicholas Westwood We have been thoroughly entertained for the past two days reading the special edition of the Chronicle! Great job!!! So much fun and we plan to share it with family members. Margaret and John Given Encino Just a note of thanks for the great booklet, “Larchmont Then and Now.” How I remember the movie theater and Jurgensens Market, Phil’s Poultry and all the other bygone memories! I know how much work you put into this history, and after 70 years of good memories — you are great!

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Joann Clark and Family Windsor Square The LC Larchmont Centennial Edition is glorious. An exceptional work by you and the staff! Congratulations! Brian Curran Windsor Square Lots of fun looking at the old photos. George Hawley Windsor Square Fantastic special edition of Larchmont Chronicle this month! George Epstein Miracle Mile North Heartfelt congratulations to the entire staff on your Centennial issue on Larchmont Boulevard in the October issue of the Larchmont Chronicle! It is remarkable and a treasured document! I grew up in the 1940s and ’50s in Hancock Park, and I have fond memories of Larchmont. My friends and I would walk or bike to Larchmont Boulevard to see a movie, visit Chevalier’s, the record store and Balzer’s. Our family would sometimes go out for a meal in the cafeteria. Sincerely and gratefully, Sandy Boeck Brookside There’s so much fascinating material, it took me a few days to get to the historical issue, which is great. Wonderful pictures and text. Put it safely in a

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tic 100th anniversary issue! I moved to the area about 17 years ago and love the community here and of course Larchmont is a fantastic neighborhood street. I really loved learning so much about the history of the area in this issue. The articles and pictures were awesome and I really thank you for sharing the rich history of our lovely neighborhood in such a fantastic way. A job well done! Alan Wolovitch Image courtesy of Keith Johnson Ridgewood Place First off, bravo on the 100th time capsule for another hundred years from now. Thanks. Anniversary issue; the articles David Trainer and photos showing the hisHancock Park tory of the Boulevard were Excellent job on the Chron- terrific. There was, however, an error icle’s Souvenir Edition for Larchmont’s 100th Anniversa- in your 100th Anniversary ry. I thoroughly enjoyed it and issue on page 28 where you appreciate the work put into it. spotlighted the classic films Nora Houndalas that were shot on Larchmont Le Petit Greek Restaurant Boulevard. You led off the Wow! Just received your silent film section writing: “In 1917, vaudeville actor 100th anniversary Chronicle. Epic souvenir collector’s edi- Harry Langdon, in ‘Lonesome tion — 96 pages and 32-page Luke, Messenger,’ is in haste insert. Congratulations on to deliver packages, and he falls off his bike in front of the your hard work! Tom Berens homes at Clinton Street and San Mateo Larchmont Boulevard.” While Langdon did come I enjoyed reading the history of Larchmont in the Larch- from vaudeville, it was Harold Lloyd who created and mont Chronicle; well done! Craig Lawson played the Lonesome Luke Beverlywood character in a series of short Thank you so much for put- two-reelers before he moved ting out an absolutely fantas- on to his more famous “glass-

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Holiday shopping will be challenging this year. The supply chain apparently has too many interruptions and speed bumps, and the word is out to start buying gifts early. That means now. I’ve been at the helm of

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Jim Kalin with ‘Los Angeles Tennis Club’ printed on them,” she said. “Sweatshirts, bags, T-shirts; people love getting these things.” Arc’teryx on La Brea Avenue specializes in high-end designer wilderness wear, specifically skiing, alpine and climbing apparel. The company’s logo is a fossilized skeleton of the extinct Archaeopteryx, which is appropriate, considering it was the first bird-like animal — it might have flown, but definitely was a climber. The chic logo is imprinted on the store’s collections. Everything’s functional, but always stylish. Even if Angelenos rarely experience cold weather, Arc’teryx has a great line of hoodies and lightweight jackets, too. For those households with teenagers and a dog, head over to Tailwaggers in Larchmont Village and get a Chuckit. This ball launcher is interactive, and though Spot will get most of the exercise, what a great way to get your teenager outside and away from tech and devices. Hope this helps, and happy holiday shopping!

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SHOWCASING his art skills at the Little Tokyo pumpkin patch is Miles Paley of Hancock Park.

SPORTING spooky vibes at the immersive “Haunt O’ Ween” are Aria and Ahren Uttamchandani of Hancock Park.

MUGGING for the camera at the Original Farmers Market are Parker Bensen and Noam Shahak.

ENJOYING their annual pilgrimage to the Wilshire Rotary’s pumpkin patch are Calista Basconcillo and her grandfather, James Boltinghouse, of Brookside.

By Caroline Tracy Halloween may be three days away, but any true Angeleno knows that the celebrating begins well before Oct. 31. From local pumpkin patches (located at the Original Farmers Market and Wilshire Rotary’s Larchmont lot) to destination events such as Descanso Gardens’ CARVED harvest festival and the immersive family-friendly playground “Haunt O’ Ween” in Woodland Hills, there has been a Halloween event for everyone over the past few weeks. Here, we present a pictorial of neighbors experiencing some of the fun that this holiday has to offer.

GETTING into the spirit while conducting a new-member home inspection for the Larchmont Babysitting Co-op are Sundeep Morrison and Heather Risinger.

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Hello, my name is Coco Min, and I am a fifth grader at Third Street Elementary School. I am excited to write here with Nikka Gueler, who is in fourth grade, as she mentioned in last month’s paper. Here at Third Street, we recently finished Annual Giving, a program that lasts for six weeks and raises money to support our enrichments such as drama, music, dance and more. We are also heading into PTA Reflections right now. Reflections is a competition that brings the arts to more than 10 million students. The theme for Reflections this year is “I will change the world by…” The students are to complete this assignment by creating a piece of work in one of the following categories: dance, writing, photography, film, music, or the visual arts. The students are to explain how they are to change the world in their piece of work. After everyone has submitted their projects, an assembly takes place so other students and parents can see their creative work. I am entering the Reflections competition in the category of visual arts. The way I will change the world is by helping clean the oceans.

By Dale Lee 11th Grade

It’s spooky season for NCA and students can enjoy several festivities with the return of Huskyween. For a week, students can dress up according to each day’s theme and event to earn points and prizes. In addition to dressing up, students can participate in a series of exhilarating events to win the Huskyween games. Winners of the games will be granted a party of their wish. It was a busy month for our high school students as they took both PSATs and SATs. On Oct. 13, juniors and some underclassmen took the PSAT at school for a chance to qualify as a National Merit Scholar. Seniors and juniors took the SAT on Oct. 28 to include in their college applications. With the return of in-person schools also comes our sports seasons! From volleyball to e-sports, NCA students can join any of the various athletic teams offered. Girl’s volleyball, soccer, and e-sports seasons have already started and NCA athletes are ready to play hard and win. Basketball and boy’s volleyball will start soon, so make sure you’re season-ready!

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Local high school tapped for modernization project

By Billy Taylor Fairfax High School is set to begin the process on a project to modernize its 97-yearold campus following approval by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The LAUSD Board of Education approved funding on Oct.

12, allocating $1.1 million for the planning phase, which will include a feasibility study. LAUSD spokesperson Felix Hernandez confirmed the project to the Chronicle, saying: “On October 12, 2021, the Los Angeles Unified Board of

Education approved funding the due diligence, planning, and feasibility studies necessary to scope a major modernization project at Fairfax High School. The school currently serves over 1,800 students in grades 9-12 including a Police Academy Magnet and a Visual

Arts Magnet. “The campus was originally opened in 1924 and this major modernization project will provide upgrades to ensure the students have access to a safe and healthy environment that promotes learning.” The initial money will be used to assess conditions on the campus to determine what needs to be upgraded. That process is expected to take up to one year. During these studies, officials say that the community will be invited to comment on project ideas and provide suggestions. Potential projects can include seismic, security and landscaping upgrades; improvements to build-

ings and classrooms; and the expansion of educational programs. Fairfax High was one of five new LAUSD campuses to get approval for a modernization project. The board also allocated money for Canoga Park High School, Washington Irving Middle School, 32nd Street / USC Magnet School and 49th Street Elementary School. A timeline for the project has not been established, and construction is likely still years away from starting. However, LAUSD representatives say that they anticipate the initial planning activities to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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All of the students had an amazing time! We had popcorn, snow cones, bounce houses, games, and a dance area! Everyone’s costumes were so cool and unique. The Fall Festival was a blast! This month, we will take a moment to honor our veterans for Veterans Day. We are so grateful for their service to our country which has enabled us to enjoy the freedoms we have now. Speaking of being grateful, Thanksgiving is almost here! We’re looking forward to gathering with family and friends and reflecting on what we’re thankful for. I am especially grateful to my parents for providing me with a great education. I’d like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

By Amiely Rodriguez-Lopez 8th Grade The month of October was full of excitement and pre-Holiday cheer. We hosted our annual Fall Festival. It was so much fun despite this festival being a bit different from our previous ones.

HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE By Sienna Light 6th Grade

Hello again, it’s Sienna Light, reporting from Hollywood Schoolhouse, here now for your monthly news. It’s spooky season, and HSH is kicking it off with our annual HarvestFest! We are back, in-person, and ready to continue the safety protocols all throughout the fall. Wearing masks and social distancing won’t stop us from making scarecrows, decorating pumpkins, and tie-dyeing HSH merch! Back in person also means in person single-family tours! HSH is excited to welcome parents to the Hollywood Schoolhouse campus to take a peek at the fun activities going on all throughout the halls! As a sixth-grade ambassador, I volunteered for one of the many Zooms, where prospective parents get to ask questions about the school to the students. I enjoyed being able to talk about the loving teachers, student council, and fun athletics here at HSH. If you take a peek in the art room, you will find my friends and I, sticking our hands into buckets of alginate, making hand sculptures! As a sixth grader, I get to take part in this annual art project where we make plaster replicas of our hands with handmade alginate molds! Yet another reason why I love HSH!

MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL By Avery Gough 10th Grade

This month has been very exciting for Marlborough Students. In October, Sophomores and Juniors took the PSATs on our Community Day. The Class of 2022 also presented their Class Mascot during an All Student Meeting. The mascot is Vector, from the children’s movie “Despicable Me.” This character matches one of the selected class colors, which is orange. The final step will be to choose a class song and to begin designing the class poster. The Winter Art Show begins on Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 15 and the artwork of students enrolled in arts classes during the first semester will be presented. With the end of fall sports coming up, winter sports are beginning, and on Nov. 8, 7th and 8th grade basketball, water polo, and soccer will hold tryouts and begin practices. Our Thanksgiving break begins on Nov. 22.


Larchmont Chronicle CHRIST THE KING By Chloe Choi 8th Grade

Last month was October, and we were all very excited in the land of the Vikings! We had so many activities! October is the month of the Holy Rosary, Respect for Life, and last but not least, Halloween! We started the new school year

OAKWOOD SCHOOL By Scarlett Saldaña 11th Grade

Last month, O a k w o o d planned several day trips for the secondary students to not only take a mental health day, but to also strengthen our community and rebuild the bonds we lost over quarantine. While each grade travelled to different places in Los Angeles, the day after PSAT testing, the 10th and 11th grade students were taken to Ocean View Park Beach in Santa Monica. Once we arrived, many students participated in a 10th vs. 11th grade volleyball game, while others basked in the sun, built sand castles, and sang along to songs of different genres.

EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF LOS ANGELES By Hank Bauer 12th Grade

While the rest of the school took PSATs on Oct. 13, 6th graders and seniors got to meet up for “Buddy Day,” during which they paired up to do various bonding activities. The first of these was having one person wear a blindfold and then draw their partner according to their partner’s directions. Each pair’s drawings were then placed side-by-side, and all of the

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with the Mass of the Holy Spirit. In celebration of this mass, all grades made posters for one of the fruits or gifts of the Holy Spirit and made a grand procession. In addition to our Mass of the Holy Spirit, Christ the King also celebrated the month All in all, I enjoyed this trip, and I felt that it was necessary for us to take a break and connect with one another. With 89 students in one grade and the differing classes we take interest in, it can be difficult to interact with classmates you don’t see on a daily basis. At the end of the trip, we were asked to reflect on the friendships we built throughout our years at Oakwood and how we can become even closer as a class. The next day, we listened to each other’s thoughts and shared the main idea of fostering a close-knit community that avoids cliques and instead promotes a non-judgmental place to enjoy each other’s presence. As Junior Year flies by and we officially become seniors, we all want to enjoy our last moments in high school. I felt that our trip, as well as our grade meeting, was a step toward achieving the goals we set for our class and our school. groups guessed the other groups’ sketches. After that there was a scavenger hunt, and then finally a game of jeopardy. While the fun, games and enjoyable experiences were a nice bonus, Buddy Day’s real purpose was to give the 6th graders a mentor who can help them adjust to life in middle school by ensuring that they have an older, more experienced student to whom they could reach out for support. After the rest of the grades finished their testing, the entire school went out to the field and played Capture the Flag to relax their exhausted brains. The physical activity revitalized the mentally exhausted student body.

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of the Holy Rosary. Using balloons, we created our own living rosary as the whole school came together. Our student vice president, Raquel Castillo, dressed up as Mother Mary. We heard comments from the little ones that they thought Mary was real. October was also Respect for Life month. We as a school have learned to respect all creation,

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environment, one another, and spread kindness everywhere we go. Every class at CKS was spooktacular and spooky with Halloween decorations. We had a Halloween festival full of games, parade, bake sale, contests, and the long waited 8th grade Haunted House. Some of us had fun learning spoooooky songs and spoooooky dances, too.

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While we are having much fun at school, every student is working diligently and prudently. Students have sports, choir, dance, and 8th graders are excited about High School Night and High School open houses. Once Halloween is over, we look forward to our community giving projects. We can’t wait for the end of the year festivities.

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MELROSE ELEMENTARY By Bella Cho 5th Grade

Thanksgiving is slowly approaching, and we are excited to have a week-long break at Melrose Elementary School. Melrose is a STEAM magnet school with a 1:1 technology program. This year, all of the 4th graders have gotten their brand new laptops! Jake, a 4th grader from Mr. Stern’s class, said that he likes how the new laptops work smoother. Lily, another 4th grader, said that she feels happy

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and excited about using her laptop because she never had her own laptop. At Melrose, a 5th grader is assigned to a kindergartener for buddies. Every Friday, all the 5th graders go to the Kinder yard and do activities with their kindergarteners. Yoshimi, a 5th grader in Ms. Banner’s class, said that she loves her little buddy, because she is adorable and very smart. Having a little buddy is a great experience because you can teach them how to spell and read better. Through this relationship you also help them feel more comfortable at their new school. We can all help each other during this hard pandemic.

CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION By Ren Lisenbery 5th Grade

The Center for Early Education has lots of fun extracurricular programs for students to choose from. One of the programs is a capella. A capella is a group of singers who sing without any instruments. The Upper Elementary music teacher, Ellen Gerstell, has been teaching a cappella at The Center for over 16 years. Ellen shared that, in the beginning

when she started the a capella group, there were only twelve students. Now there are around 26. In order to participate in the program, students try out starting in third grade. When asked how she chooses the songs, Ellen said she chooses pieces that inspire her. The CEE a cappella group participates in various competitions throughout the year. They have even scored so well in the competitions that they have had the opportunity

to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City several times. The group also sings for the school during its winter and spring concerts. In the past, they have also performed for families who are touring the school during the admissions process. Some students in the program have said that a capella is a lot of hard work in the beginning. However, if you are very passionate about singing, it is fun, satisfying, and worth the effort.

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The Walk. After several weeks of raising funds for our financial aid program, students, faculty, staff and even family members came together October 22 to either walk or run several miles in support of Immaculate Heart. Lastly, to finish off the month of October, Immaculate Heart held its annual Halloween “party” where students got to dress up and celebrate! Immaculate Heart continues to host “Shadow Day” visits this month that allow prospective students to sit in on classes of their choosing and interact with the IH school community. On Saturday morning, November 13, IH will host its Academic Playday for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in learning more about our school. To register, visit the admissions page on our website. Meanwhile, students remain busy, but our school community is glad we are all back together again on campus!

By Kellyn Lanza 11th Grade

Fall is here and our first quarter is over, but lots of activities keep IH students very involved with their school. To start off, the Athletics Department organized numerous events in support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. These include a pink egg hunt on campus, our Cross Country team’s “run for the cure,” the Tennis team’s “serving it up for the cure,” and of course, Jeans and Pink Day! Additionally, Immaculate Heart held its famous fundraising event,

CATHEDRAL CHAPEL By Kennedy del Pozo 5th Grade

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Cathedral Chapel is excited to announce that we haven’t had a single case of COVID-19 at our school so far this year. We have COVID testing weekly and we are wearing masks, but it’s worth it. We have returned to our classrooms, using the art room, and enjoying PE. Our student council held a fundraiser to raise money for the people in Louisiana and Haiti affected by the recent hurricane. We were able to raise over $1,632. We are also collecting cans for the Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry. Since October is Hispanic Heritage Month, we learned about people like Sonia Sotomayor, Dolores Huerta, Roberto Clemente and many others. The 8th graders will be hosting a webinar about the importance of respect this month. Students are looking forward to the chance to wear costumes and celebrate Halloween together this year in a safe and fun environment. Happy Fall!

CORRECTION

The September Back to School directory mistakenly switched the information for Westmark School in Encino, with Westridge School in Pasadena. See below for the correct entries detailing contact information, heads of school and other information. WESTMARK 5461 Louise Ave., Encino 818-986-5045 westmarkschool.org Claudia Koochek, head of school. For children in grades two to 12 with language-based learning differences. Open house Sun., Oct. 17. See website for more information. WESTRIDGE SCHOOL 324 Madeline Dr., Pasadena 626-799-1153 westridge.org Elizabeth McGregor, head of school. Girls only, 4th to 12th grades. Visit website for more information.

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Rabbi returns to her roots at Temple Israel of Hollywood

By Ron Mulligan When young Mari Chernow, freshly graduated from rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, left in 2003 to take up a position at Temple Chai in Phoenix, she only planned on staying there a couple of years. Eighteen years later, the Southern California native has returned home with her wife Kara and family, and Phoenix’s loss is Temple Israel of Hollywood’s gain. Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) is the storied synagogue where Martin Luther King himself once delivered a sermon. Their new senior rabbi calls the occasion “a major, formative moment in our history. The great game-changers in the social justice arena are people we want to continue to invite into our space.” Founded in 1926 by a group of men prominent in the film industry, and dedicated from the beginning to social awareness and responsibility, TIOH has also served as spiritual home to some of the biggest names in entertainment history, including Al Jolson, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Leonard Nimoy. For decades, their annual “Monster Midnight” fundraisers at the Pantages Theatre — featuring everyone from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne to Lucille Ball — were the stuff of showbiz legend. Today, the temple still prides itself on being a “beacon of social justice in Los Angeles.” Mari Chernow cites this aspirational light as one of the main reasons she joined Temple Israel as senior rabbi in July. She says it’s a “great honor and privilege” to be at TIOH, praising its “rich, beautiful history of strong affiliation with the Hollywood community, an incredible arts program, an incredible social justice program. We want to build on all of that.” At the same time, she recognizes that there are challenges ahead: “I think the entire Jewish world is aware that our universe is changing, and we need to make a compelling case — especially to young people out there — on why they should be engaged in Jewish life. That’s going to call for some creativity, and maybe even changing our language a little bit — changing the way we talk about prayer, the way we talk about God, the way we meet people. And I am very excited to be a part of that.” It wasn’t an easy decision for Mari, Kara, and their three children to leave Phoenix

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and the lives they had built there, but the pull of family (“my parents live in Sherman Oaks”) eventually proved too strong, and they settled in Studio City. When asked what she’ll miss most about Phoenix, Mari doesn’t hesitate: “The human beings. Just a wonderful community and I love those people very dearly. There are very nice, enormous sunsets as well… but it’s mostly about the people.” When pointedly grilled, Lakers or Suns?, she draws on thousands of years of rabbinical wisdom and replies, “Suns. And Dodgers.” Sports rivalries aside, her choice of vocation would seem to be a natural one — both her sisters are rabbis — but Mari says her plan at first was to go outside the family business and become a psychologist. What changed her mind was recollecting the many summers she spent at Jewish camp (“formative for rabbis and cantors and educators”), bringing strangers together through faith and elbow grease: “What started as a theory became a living, breathing Jewish community of people who cared about each other and wanted to be role models to young people and the world. That was such a compelling experience, I thought, ‘I think I’d like to do this with my life.’” At Temple Israel of Hollywood, they’d say she made the right choice.

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