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EDITOR’S NOTE 6 Playa Vista’s Wealth of Experiences COMMUNITY 10 Surprise Pop-Up Mural @ Concert Park 12 Runway Funday Skate Party @ Runway 14 No Duh @ Central Park Bandshell 17 National Night Out @ Concert Park
News 32 Al Gore visits YouTube Space LA to promote his new documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” HOME 42 A Shane’s Inspiration park makes Playa Vista Sports Park a place for children of all abilities
HEALTH 46 Alexa Parashos finds purpose through Yoga for a Cause
ICYMI 18 Frank Gehry releases renderings for New Beatrice West office and retail complex PEOPLE 20 Film2Future builds a pipeline of diversity to help young filmmakers find their way to Hollywood 26 Loqules CEO Jai Al-Attas helps companies deliver experiences that retain talent 28 The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace helps to find fur-ever homes using technology, compassion and play
FOOD 50 Tocaya Organica offers healthy and stylish Mexican food 52 Blue Bottle Coffee offers up-scale coffee relief SHOPPING 52 Up your birthday wishes with deluxe, hand-crafted greeting cards EVENTS 56 Don’t miss the Campus Oktoberfest
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s I curated the stories for this issue, it struck me that every single one focused on creating new, cutting edge experiences. Former Playa Vista CEO Steve Soberoff told us that, “Playa Vista wasn’t conceived as a real estate project, it was conceived as a public policy project.” It’s clear that part of that public policy relies on pushing the boundaries of what is possible in this new age. When I toured the Annenberg PetSpace and mingled with the crowd the day of its grand opening, I was excited to learn how much technology has been integrated into this innovative animal shelter. Things like interactive walls and windows exist everywhere in PetSpace to add to the educational and fun experience of visiting. The selfie camera in the human-sized hamster wheel speaks to our current culture that values experiences over anything else. Jai Al-Attas, CEO of Loqules, seems to agree with that sentiment. In our interview, he told us how millennials in particular value experiences over material items and has created a company that caters to those values. “There’s only so many Apple watches you can have,” says Al-Attas, “so what millennials want now is an experience. … We’re really in the experience economy.” Also creating opportunities for experience is the Shane’s Inspiration playground located in Playa Vista Sports Park. This park is designed specifically to allow children with disabilities to play alongside other kids, giving them the typical playground experience most of us remember from our own childhoods. When I visited the Film2Future workshops for disadvantaged high school kids, I got to watch as these joyful, young filmmakers experienced the process of creating an original, animated video. Their work focused on the theme of diversity and told some powerful stories. Creating a unique experience of its own is Playa Vista’s newest restaurant, Tocaya Organica, which is the very first 100 % organic fastcasual Mexican eatery. Playa Vista may only be 1.3 square miles, but the amount of exciting and inspiring new experiences seem to be endless. I sincerely hope you enjoy the experience of reading our latest issue. Shanee Edwards Managing Editor · email@example.com
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Surprise Pop-Up Mural @ Concert Park The Mobile Mural Lab rolled into town on Saturday, July 15, bringing a giant unfinished canvas with an image of Ballona Creek to Concert Park. Roberto Del Hoyo and David Russell, co-founders of the community engagement nonprofit, encouraged passersby of all ages to pick up a paintbrush and add color to the mural. Russell said it was vital for children to take part in creating the mural. “It’s a way for kids to understand the importance of preserving the natural environment,” he said. For Del Hoyo, the event was a powerful experience in itself. “This is a community coming together in its purest form,” he said. “They might live a block away but have probably never even spoken to each other. Not only are they being creative, they’re learning more about each other, which is important.” The completed mural will soon go on display at Playa Vista Elementary School. — Shanee Edwards 10 Playa Vista Direct | August · September 2017
1 Two young ladies add their artistic flair to a mural of the Ballona Wetlands 2 A paint-smudged toddler appears baffled by her hula hoop 3 A girl paints the mural with intense focus while trying not to get paint on her pretty pink crinoline 4 Rocking a side pony, a girl hula hoops like nobody’s watching 5 Mobil Mural Lab co-founder Roberto Del Hoyo helps two sisters with their painting technique
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Runway Funday Skate Party @ Runway Blame it on Razor scooters, too much screen time or overprotective parents, but on July 16 it became clear that kids today just don’t know how to roller skate. “No kids are smiling here,” said Yupa Wathanasin, whose own child struggled to stay upright through tears. Luckily, Caitlyn Ruelas of L.A. Roller Girls — a group of champion roller skaters who put on events and performances — was on hand to help little skaters find their balance. “For kids just starting out, I recommend quad skates,” said Ruelas, meaning the kind with four wheels and a stopper that you might associate with the days of roller disco. “Hockey skates naturally go in.” The good news is that there were plenty of other activities to keep tots busy — like a bounce house and free arts and crafts table, where some kids built their own kaleidoscope. Music was provided by Aileen Quinn (of “Annie” fame) and her swing band the Leaping Lizards. — Shanee Edwards 12 Playa Vista Direct | August · September 20177
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No Duh @ Central Park Bandshell On July 23, women in their 40s partied like it was 1994 as they relived their 20s through the No Doubt tribute band No Duh. The crowd went B-A-N-A-N-A-S for singer Spen Gjormani, a.k.a. Heather E. Lounsbury, who looked and sounded just like peak OC ska Gwen Stefani. Hits like “Don’t Speak,” “Spiderwebs” and “Just a Girl” were especially big crowd pleasers, but the band also played some highoctane ’80s hits like Dexys Midnight Runners’ “Come On Eileen” and The Vapors’ “Turning Japanese.” “The music of No Doubt is perfect for the sunshine,” said No Duh guitarist Bony Yanow, a.k.a. EJ Curse. “It’s great to do a show in the daytime where the kids are running around and the adults are having fun. We’re a good daytime band, but we can also rock with the best of them.” — Shanee Edwards 14 Playa Vista Direct | August · September 2017
1 Families camped out on the lawn in front of the Central Park Bandshell for a free concert performed by No Duh, the No Doubt tribute band 2 High-engergy performer Spen Gjormani, a.k.a. Heather E. Lounsbury, had a blast imitating No Doubt singer, Gwen Stefani 3 Bandmates Bony Yanow (a.k.a. EJ Curse) and Tom Doomee (a.k.a Randy Simer) add their musical talents to support Spen Gjormani 4 The crowd goes B-A-N-A-N-A-S for No Duh
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National Night Out @ Concert Park The safest place to be on Tuesday, Aug. 1, was no doubt Concert Park, where local law enforcement served up hot dogs and mingled with locals while kids got their faces painted and danced on the lawn. LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Javier Ramirez was on hand to answer public safety questions like how to file a police report and when to call 911 vs. a non-emergency number. “If someone’s not at risk of injury or death, it’s not an emergency,” he said. (That includes off-leash or barking dogs.) “Anything that involves public safety, injuries, a crime in progress — that’s an emergency call.” The most surprising thing about Playa Vista, he said, is that “a lot of people aren’t reporting crime. They don’t have time to come down to the station. It’s easier to just go buy another $100 phone that they left in their vehicle unlocked.” — Shanee Edwards
1 Playa Vista’s own SLO Javier Ramirez was on hand to answer public safety questions 2 Ginny McMath paints a flower on Ella Braibanti’s face 3 Erin Frigo makes balloon sculptures for tiny tots 4 SLO Delatori gives stickers to little Caleb and Drexel
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Missed It A 20,000-square-foot interactive showcase for the new NFL stadium under construction in Inglewood opened to potential sponsors and luxury suite shoppers on Aug. 8 in Playa Vista.
Playa Vista teen Michele Chung completed an elite summer program with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that encourages girls to pursue STEM careers. AT&T hosted the program at their El Segundo campus.
Playa Vista-based fashion/tech company Xehar is developing an app to help curvy women quickly and easily assemble stylish outfits at discounted prices.
Frank Gehry released renderings for New Beatrice West, an energyefficient office and retail complex planned for 12575 Beatrice St., adjacent to Gehry Partners. The eightstory centerpiece will be covered in living flora.
“Nobody’s ever done this before. You can’t just pick up a phone and call a friend or industry colleague with a different team and say, ‘How’d you do this?’” — Chris Hibbs, chief revenue officer for the L.A. Stadium and Entertainment District, on building the L.A. Stadium Premiere Center in Playa Vista As told to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times (Aug. 7) 18 Playa Vista Direct | August · September 20177
High school students arrange animation sketches for their film about diversity
Building a Pipeline
Film2Future helps young filmmakers from many backgrounds find their way to Hollywood Story By Shanee Edwards | Photos by Maria Martin
ushing with positive energy, professional film producer Rachel Miller talks a mile a minute. But it’s easy to see why she’s so excited. Miller’s nonprofit Film2Future, a two-week film lab for racially diverse groups of under-served high school students, is in full swing. Held at Deutsch’s advertising offices in Playa Vista, kids with cameras, storyboards and fresh ideas are buzzing about. This year’s project guides students through the creation of original animated films. The theme? Diversity — a word that’s been causing Hollywood a lot of grief as of late. It’s hard to forget 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on Twitter or the controversy over whitewashing certain roles like casting Emma Stone as a half-Chinese, half-Native Hawaiian character in the 2015 film “Aloha.” Even jobs behind the camera are predominantly white as well. But Miller sees a possible solution. “People have been talking about lack of diversity, but it’s really lack of a pipeline. I wanted to build a real pipeline into Hollywood that not only sparks passion but also builds a resume of work,” she explains. In addition to making films, Film2Future includes one-on-one mentorships, resume workshops, college essay review and panels of industry professions. Today’s panel featured Adolescent Content Executive Producer Hope
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Farley and two of the teenaged commercial directors she represents. Yes, teenagers are directing television and internet commercials and getting paid for their work. But the kids in the Film2Future program don’t yet consider themselves professionals. Many of them are looking to build their confidence as much as they are learning how to make films. Eighteen-year-old Aiden Molasco, until recently a student at South El Monte High School, describes his animated film “Just Bear It” as a comedy with an important message about racism. “It’s about a mother grizzly bear who’s white,” he says, “and her baby grizzly who’s brown.”
In the film, the mother grizzly goes to a grocery store run by polar bears and experiences racism — a scenario Molasco has experienced in his own life. “One time, I was at a bus stop with my mom and someone asked her if she could babysit for them, since she was ‘babysitting’ me. They assumed she was my babysitter because she has dark skin and I’m light skinned,” he recalls. Until coming to Film2Future, Molasco thought he was the only one who experienced this type of bias. Now he realizes just how common it is. Seventeen-year-old Marlene Leyva says she’s had similar experiences. (Continued on page 22) Playa Vista Direct | August · September 2017 21
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“When Aiden wrote it, he thought he was the only one who went through this. But we can all relate to it because we [the kids at Film2Future] are all mixed in a way,” she says. “I’m Mexican, but my mom does look a lot lighter than me. Everyone would always ask her, ‘Is that your baby?’ because I’m darker. Aiden shared his story and realized, ‘Oh my God, I’m not the only one.’” Janet Rojas, also 17, is a seemingly shy girl but came to Film2Future with some stellar ideas. Instead of the animal kingdom, she looked to the solar system for inspiration. “My characters are Earth, Mars and Saturn. Earth and Mars are both boys, Saturn is a girl. They go to a new school and Earth and Mars make fun of Saturn because she has rings around her, making her look different,” says Rojas. She says the message of her film is to “always get along with people, no matter how they look or what color their skin is.”
It’s a lesson Hollywood should really take to heart. When Miller isn’t running Film2Future, she’s running her for-profit company, Haven Entertainment, which recently debuted their TV show “Wrecked” on TBS. She brings her professional standards and experience to the lab. “We work on professional-level equipment: Adobe donated software and Final Draft donated software, as well as Eagleson music. We rent Mac laptops for the kids. Deutsch awesomely donated their space and said ‘Come in!’ It’s a perfect space because there’s a recording studio and there’s edit techs and lots of people to help us,” she says. “I’m so happy we could be here.” Even though the program is only in its second year, Miller says it’s already working for at least one student from East L.A. After dealing with the death of his best friend in a random drive-by
Students huddle around Film2Future founder Rachel Miller
shooting, the student discovered his love for composing. Through Film2Future, Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, took the student under his wing. “He’s a huge music composer who did “Deadpool,” “Justice League” and “Mad Max.” He brought him to the studio and has been mentoring him so, ideally, once this student finishes high school and gets to college, he’ll start working for Todd,” says Miller. “So, it’s working.” Films created during the 2017 Film2Future will be screened locally in October. Visit film2future.com to learn more about the program and how to get involved.
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ow much would you pay for a good story, a positive and enriching experience? You could argue the best things in life are free, but startup CEO Jai AlAttas has a different perspective. “I was in Japan with my girlfriend at the time and I wanted to go out and have a fun time that night, maybe see some music,” Al-Attas recounts, “but I didn’t know anybody, and I thought, man, I’d totally pay somebody who knows the area to hang out and do something memorable.” Thus was born the idea for Loqules, where locals (same pronunciation as the company name) would give a curated experience that couldn’t be found anywhere else. Al-Attas founded the Playa Vistabased company with his lifelong friend Mark Catanzariti; together they already had a smorgasbord of one-of-a-kind experiences under their belts: the two had started a successful record label in their native Australia when they were both just 16. “I was 13 years old and sneaking into pop-punk music shows, selling CDs out of a backpack,” Al-Attas says, “and then at 16 we started the label, and then a few years later I was going around the world, touring with bands. It was an incredible experience.” After eight years of leading Below Par Records, Al-Attas and Catanzariti sold their label to American industry
Uber employees learn how to photograph skateboarders with Atiba Jefferson (Photo courtesy of Loqules)
titan EMI, and Al-Attas set out on a new project making a documentary about the musicians that helped shape his life. After he sold the label and made the documentary (interviewing bands like Blink-182 and Green Day, and getting Tony Hawk to narrate in the process), Al-Attas says “It was first time I had some real money, so I bought a bunch of stuff ! I bought clothes, I bought an expensive car … now it’s just stuff, but those memories and connections I treasure.” That’s the approach to experience that Al-Attas is bringing to his current
iteration of Loqules, which, in classic start-up fashion, went through a sharp about-face after its inception. “Even though there was a lot of interest, we knew we had to sell a lot of experiences. So we switched our aim to businesses.” Especially in the technology sector, businesses have already used various perks and intangibles like the sprawling Googleplex campus, Apple’s fleet of buses and Snapchat’s multi-building setup in Venice to hire and retain talent amid a shortage. (Continued on page 28) Playa Vista Direct | August · September 2017 27
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Al-Attas says that to connect with millennials — a group he “borderline” qualifies for and “makes up 45% of the workforce” — companies have to do more. “There’s only so many Apple watches you can have, you know, only so many stock options or so much stuff you can buy. So what millennials want now is an experience, and they want their company to care about them. We’re really in the experience economy.” The experience economy allowed Loqules to fully pivot to business-tobusiness, a move Al-Attas credits with allowing them to start donating experiences on behalf of companies that want cultivate a socially responsible image. It also allowed them to connect with some serious influencers and tech companies — big names that lend themselves to, well, pretty cool stories. “We’ve got an event coming up with Uber,” Al-Attas says, “and we’re working
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with Chef Louis Tikaram from [hip WeHo restaurant] E.P. & L.P and New Way of Life to make great food for formerly incarcerated women.” That might make a story by itself, but Al-Attas has more: “Actually, one of the chefs who’ll be helping out at the event started at New Way of Life! She was in their program and came to some of the cooking workshops that we donated. She worked hard, and the executive chef brought her on. Now she’s got a job she’s passionate about.” With events that have included pro surfing lessons, making street art with a well-known artist and a sparand-lunch with a pro UFC fighter, with companies like SalesForce and Citibank, Al-Attas says that Loqules is well positioned to operate in the new economy. “We’re looking to scale our experiences and move to other cities,” he says. “If we can help all these people have an
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here was no politicking as Al Gore and the directors of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” spoke before a live audience at YouTube Space LA in Playa Vista on July 28, the day of the film’s release. Instead, the former vice president turned climate change crusader spoke calmly and firmly about truth and hope. It’s been 11 years since “An Inconvenient Truth” set off alarm bells around the world with its call for immediate action to put the brakes on global warming. Since then, “climate-related extreme weather events are a lot more numerous and more destructive,” said Gore — but there’s also good news. “We have the solutions now. Solar and wind electricity have come down incredibly fast in price. Electric cars are becoming more available — the new consumer version of Tesla is about to come out, and all the major [car] manu-
facturers are about to introduce them. Batteries are coming down [in price], so we have the ability to solve this now,” Gore said. “I think it’s important to convey that message. It’s one of the reasons why people come away from watching Bonni [Cohen] and Jon [Shenk]’s film feeling hopeful but also feeling a great sense of urgency.” Billed as a “fireside chat,” the panel also included Joe Hanson, founder of the science-focused YouTube channel “It’s Okay to Be Smart,” and was moderated by Kate Brandt, head of Google’s global sustainability program. Gore remains surprisingly optimistic. “I have come to the conclusion, and others have as well, that we are in the early stages of a global sustainability revolution. This has the magnitude of the industrial revolution, but the speed of the digital revolution,” he said. “And, instead of starting in a little corner of England
in a world with 1.5 billion people and slowly spreading outward, this Sustainability Revolution is being jumpstarted in rich and poor countries alike in every part of the world.” He also says we should look at how some third world countries are preparing for the future. “In India, they’ve done a U-turn since the Paris Agreement. … They’re expanding solar, closing lots of coal plants, and they just announced that in only 13 years 100% of cars and trucks sold in India are going to have to be electric vehicles. “We ought to make a commitment like that here.” From left to right: Kate Brandt, Al Gore, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk and Joe Hanson on the stage at YouTube Space LA discussing the new documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel.”
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his summer has been memorable for many reasons, but the top highlight would be finally finding our sense of community in such a big city like LA. When my husband and I moved here a few years ago with our two young children (ages 6 and 8), I was nervous that LA wouldn’t lend to the lifestyle that we had become accustomed to on the East Coast with neighborhoods, block parties, and feeling like we belonged. Well it took several years, but we’ve finally found where we’re supposed to be and that’s at the California Yacht Club. A friend of mine that I met through a Mommy and Me class was the first person to tell me about the California Yacht Club. I didn’t give it much thought at first because we don’t own a boat (turns out that’s not a requirement!) and it didn’t sound like it would be family-friendly. Lucky for me, my friend persisted and even invited me over to the Club for one of their events called “Yoga and Mimosas.” This definitely wasn’t the kind of event that I expected to find at a yacht club, but what I quickly learned was that CYC was nothing like I expected. It was way better. From the second I stepped onto the property, I felt at ease and relaxed. Truth be told, I felt like I was on vacation. We started our morning with a yoga session on the front lawn overlooking the marina and the gorgeous boats, then we sipped on mimosas and met a few of the other members at the event, before heading upstairs for brunch in the clubhouse, which also showcased stellar views of the marina. The food was fabulous, the company was delightful, and I knew I was hooked. My husband and I went back again two weeks later for a wine tasting event that my friend invited us to and he was quickly on board as well. We didn’t waste any time starting the application process and by the next month, we were members.
Before we knew it, our first month as members was complete and we’d already been to two dock parties, been out for a relaxing day-sail, played in a bocce ball tournament, enrolled both kids in the Junior Sailing Program, and had several delicious meals in the dining room. I’d even toyed with the idea of chairing one of the events for the Family Activities committee because I’ve really enjoyed getting to know a lot of the other parents on the committee. It was hard to remember what we did socially before we had the Club! It also seems like every month we find out about a new membership perk that we didn’t know before. My new favorite is the bar happy hour, when the chef puts out a complimentary hot appetizer platter and fresh vegetable tray for everyone to enjoy from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. It’s a fun social time to see who comes by for this treat, either coming up from the pool or in from the Members’ Lounge where they’ve been working on their laptop. I love knowing that just about any time I go by the Club, I’m going to know at least a handful of people and if I don’t know them already then I know that I will soon since everyone is so welcoming and friendly. We also enjoy traveling a fair amount and we were thrilled to find out that CYC has over 900 other clubs around the world that we can visit through our membership. We even have our sister club, the Los Angeles Athletic Club, to visit in downtown LA that just completed a major renovation turning it into the new hip private club in DTLA with amazing restaurants, bars, event space, hotel rooms, and state-of-the-art fitness center.
The Junior Sailing Program at CYC has been particularly enriching for our kids because while neither my husband nor I had ever been on a sailboat before joining the Club, apparently our kids were naturals. Who knew?! We’ve now learned that sailing is one of those sports that is ten times easier to learn from a young age when you’re still fearless and willing to try anything. My two kids have taken to that motto whole heartedly and both of them can now sail an Opti sailboat completely on their own. It’s incredible. It’s incredible for us as parents to see their faces light up when they show us their new skills and it’s incredible for them to gain that sense of pride and accomplishment for learning such an impressive new talent. I can already see many regattas in our future with our budding new sailors. We love being members at the California Yacht Club and we only wish we had found it sooner because we know we are building life-long friendships with some incredible people. We couldn’t be more grateful for this safe community on the water that has become our new social hub, favorite restaurant, go-to bar, and gateway to endless fun on the water!
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estled between the Hercules Campus East and The Collective on Bluff Creek Drive, the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is a remarkable 30,000-square-foot facility that currently cares for 80 rescued dogs, cats and rabbits. The animals come from Los Angeles County shelters and all have one thing in common: They want to come home with you. Instead of pulling on your heartstrings like those late night TV commercials guilting you into sending money to save an abused dog, PetSpace hopes to inspire you to adopt a furry friend through its groundbreaking technology, friendly animal expert, and its full-service, child-friendly, transparent facility. It’s more of an experience than a shelter, and there’s nothing else like it on the planet. Here are seven things at PetSpace that inspired us. 1. Help Choosing a Pet You Can Afford Animal- and human-friendly rooms called interactive Adoption Suites come with a touchscreen to help you find a pet to fit your budget. Marketing and communications director Maria Gonima says the tool helps you plan for the future. “If you know a dog is going to cost $500 a year and that’s $200 over your budget, we can get you another one that might cost $300 annually.” The goal is to help a family create realistic
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expectations on how much food and veterinary care will cost them. 2. Lifestyle Consideration Some pets need more attention and training than others, so it’s important to consider how much time and energy you have available to spend on a dog or cat. Gonima says an animal specialist or volunteer will ask you questions similar to those you might find on a dating app. “Do you like to take long walks? Do you like running? I’ve seen people pivot on their pet choice after the conversation because they hadn’t completely understood what certain animals require.” The right lifestyle fit will benefit both pet and owner.
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PetPorch is the most kid-friendly place in the space. Tiered seating encompasses drawers that small hands can easily open and choose a book or a toy to engage their dog. Reading to animals gives children confidence and makes them feel less self-conscious if they mispronounce a word. 5. Fun, Inviting, ChildFriendly Atmosphere As you enter the PetSpace, a giant animatronic pooch greets you — similar to the way your own dog would greet you when you come through your front door. Nearby, a robotic cat swipes its paw at anyone running in the humansized hamster wheel. The hamster wheel has cameras to take pics that you can post to social media. The spaces where the adoptable pets are housed — the Scratching Post for cats, The Hutch for rabbits, and individual Adoption Suites for dogs that have a touch screen with
details about each dog — are interactive, transparent and inspire play. 6. An Interactive Grooming Theater Any guest can watch animals being groomed through a touch-and-hold window. As you’re watching a bunny get bathed, you can touch the window and ask the groomer questions. Through a microphone, the groomer can explain exactly what they are doing and why. The idea is to shed the mystery about the grooming process. “Many animals come through from the county with skin diseases, so this experience is really important for them to get comfortable,” Gonima says. 7. Volunteer Opportunities Volunteers are always needed to support and care for the animals. Opportunities also include interacting and educating guests. To find out
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t’s hard to fathom that a disabled child could spend their entire life never playing in a playground,” says Tiffany Harris, co-founder and CEO of Shane’s Inspiration, a nonprofit builder of universal playgrounds. With features like tactile sensory walls, sloped wheelchair-accessible ramps and backed swing chairs, Shane’s Inspiration playgrounds like the one in Playa Vista Sports Park are accessible and beneficial to children with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities. Such elements ensure that all children, regardless of ability, have a place to enjoy fresh air, to develop physically and cognitively, and to play and socialize with peers. Since its inception in 2000, Shane’s Inspiration has created a network of
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over 60 playgrounds across the United States and the world, with another 75 in development. With help from an advisory board, a landscape architect and local families, the playgrounds are designed to engage the imagination, encourage tactile stimulation, incorporate sound and spinning, and reach way beyond the basic balance beam and monkey bars. Playa Vista became home to one of the first 16 universal playgrounds in Southern California more than a decade ago. When Harris got a call from then-Playa Vista CEO Steve Soboroff about building one in Playa Vista, she jumped at the chance to expand the network. And rather than ask the nonprofit to fundraise, Playa Vista offered to fully fund the playground’s construction.
“Playa Vista wasn’t conceived as a real estate project, it was conceived as a public policy project. This park was just one part of our mission,” said Soboroff, who was president of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission from 1995 to 2000. The benefits of universally accessible playgrounds extend far beyond childhood. Harris notes that as many as 80% to 90% of adults with disabilities who lose their jobs do so because of their inability to navigate the social terrain. “A lot of this is because they have not integrated early into play,” says Harris. But playgrounds aren’t all that Shane’s Inspiration brings to the community. A program called My Play (Continued on page 42) Playa Vista Direct | August · September 2017 43
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Club encourages connection between disabled and developing children. On various Saturdays, the nonprofit transports children with special needs on buses to the playgrounds to for crafts, snacks and play. Harris says young children approach kids with disabilities without judgement, but “adults are afraid of what we don’t know.” But when parents of able-bodied kids watch them play with special needs children, “we so those misconceptions dissolve.” Another Shane’s Inspiration program bringing disabled children out of the shadows is Together We Are Able, which pairs elementary school children with disabled children at a ratio of about 2 to 1 for playdates at Shane’s Inspiration playgrounds. Before meeting with their “buddies,” elementary school kids watch an educational video (available at shanesinspiration.org). While some of the kids can be a little nervous at first, once they begin to play together
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“the differences and disabilities begin to dissolve,” says Harris. Children who are developing in a typical way may enjoy swinging their buddies, she says, but often “the buddy will help the typically developing child — it goes both ways.” In the end, Shane’s Inspiration is about not only breaking down barriers, but building human connections.
“It’s all about opening up dialogue about our differences,” says Harris, “and how we’re more similar than different.” Playa Vista Sports Park is at 13196 W. Bluff Creek Drive. Visit shanesinspiration.org for more information about the My Play Club and Together We Are Able programs.
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he lithe and lovely Alexa Parashos first discovered yoga as a way to skip class when she was a teen. “They offered yoga at my high school — they were strangely progressive in the area of P.E. You could take it as a zero period class, which means you get to leave school early, so that was the initial draw,” she recalls. But something about yoga stuck. “I just really liked it,” she says. “My teacher was really spiritual, had a lot of cool accessories like bowls and oils, and I thought, ‘I could really get into this.’” Now Parashos has her own business called Yoga in House, where she brings yoga to workplaces and schools to “improve employee [and student] moral, health and productivity.” Parashos explains that she didn’t want to work in a typical L.A. yoga studio. “You can go to a studio here in L.A. and everyone is so fit. They’re all about the mirror, and they’re all so good,” she says. “But if you bring yoga to interesting spaces like a park or corporate offices, I see all these different types of people who benefit differently from these classes. They’re not afraid to get weird or be in awkward positions. They’re also not afraid to be a little bit joyful. You wouldn’t see that in a normal studio.” Because her students are so diverse, she needs to be creative in her teaching style. At a preschool in Marina del Rey,
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“We do sound effects with every pose. If you’re in downward dog, we do a lot of barking. If we’re in cow pose, we moo.” There was no mooing, however, on July 8 in Playa Vista’s Concert Park, where Parashos led Yoga for a Cause, a free monthly class where participants are encouraged to donate to charity. July’s cause was the Wounded Warrior Project,
whose mission is to honor and empower injured veterans. For Parashos, yoga is also a way to help people decompress. “We hear things about anxiety, OCD, all these kinds of things that people take medication for — wouldn’t it be nice to have a natural solution to
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those problems? I would never discount anyone’s medical issues like depression, but if you can do your best within your own body to cure or at least alleviate the ailment for the day, for the hour, for the minute, who wouldn’t rather do that than go see a doctor and spend tons of money?” When she’s not in tree pose in a park, Parashos also volunteers once a week at the ACLU by bringing yoga to them. “Charity is a part of yoga,” she says. “I really wanted to do something that is bigger than me so, when I’m done here, I feel like I’ve accomplished something more than just making people fit.” If you missed Yoga for a Cause, Parashos will be teaching free yoga classes at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Central Park Bandshell. For more information about Yoga in House, visit yogainhouse.com.
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According to Berman, Tocaya’s food isn’t special just because it’s healthy and organic: “The reality is we’re just great Mexican. It checks all the boxes for people who want healthy food, but it also checks all the boxes for people who just want great food.” The concept behind the menu is to first choose your dish: a salad, bowl, tacos or burrito. From there, you choose your protein: carne asada, turkey picante, chicken tinga, seabass, vegan picadillo or chipotle-dusted tofu. (An upcharge may apply for the beef and fish options.) Desserts include a churro waffle ice cream sandwich and cinnamon chia pudding. The restaurant is located in the smartly remodeled space that was formerly home to Chicken or the Egg, a breakfast/lunch concept that unfortunately failed to hatch. The poultrybased eatery lasted less than a year. Exuding confidence, Berman claims he isn’t worried his restaurant will meet
the same fate. In fact, the Playa Vista location had the biggest opening two days in the history of the entire brand — and their soft-opening only included lunch service. Additionally, Berman says 35% to 40% of his business comes from third party to go/take-out services like Postmates, Grubhub and Eat24 — “perfect for all the residents who live in the area and the thousand plus workers in the neighborhood.” Berman says the Playa Vista location is his favorite store design, and it’s easy to see why. Ball jars painted turquoiseblue serve as utensil holders, and small succulent arrangements reflect the desert landscape. But the true gem is the indoor sign that reads “Barrio Style” spelled out with globe marquis-style light bulbs. While the indoor area of the restaurant is inspired and inviting, Berman is (Continued on page 54) Playa Vista Direct | August · September 2017 51
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Friday, Aug 18
Providence Saint John’s joins the Playa Vista neighborhood, opening a new outpatient facility for primary, pediatric and specialty care. Take a tour of the new offices and meet the physicians and staff, with snacks, a photo booth and a crafts table to keep the kids busy. 4 to 7 p.m. Providence Saint John’s Health Center – Playa Vista, 12555 W. Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 300, Del Rey. Free. RSVP by calling (888) HEALING or at providence.org/playavista Friday, Aug. 18
Movie in the Park: “Sing” In this animated film screening under the stars, dapper koala Buster Moon presides over a grand theater that has fallen on hard times, and he’s holding the world’s biggest singing competition to save it. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a pig, a gorilla, a timid elephant and a punk-rock porcupine. 8 to 10 p.m. Playa Vista Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. Free. playavista.com Saturday, Aug. 19
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Silicon Beach Community Fashion Show
Thursday, Aug. 24
Local families and community influencers rock the stage wearing top labels as guests explore artisan vendors and luxury item demo booths, with snacks and drinks by LIFEAID Beverage Co. and Waiakea Hawaiian Water. General admission is free, but VIP ticketholders earn special gift bags. Proceeds benefit The Harvest Home, which assists pregnant homeless women. 4 to 7 p.m. Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. VIP tickets are $60 per couple. Discount code: “PLAYAVISTA.” siliconbeachfashionshow.com
Uncork and Unwind at The Bandshell The Community Associations Institute, a nonprofit providing education and resources to community associations and their professional managers, hosts a casual wine tasting from 4 to 8 p.m. under the Central Park Bandshell, 12045 Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista. $75. cai-glac.org Friday, Aug. 25
Marina Movie Night: “Swiss Family Robinson” After a free tutorial on Pacific island dance, settle in for an outdoor screening of this 1960 Disney adventure drama about a family shipwrecked on a deserted island. 6:30 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900; marinadelrey.lacounty.gov Thursday, Aug. 24
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Listen to some lunchtime beats while the Red Not Chili Peppers pay tribute to the ultimate funk rock
band! There’ll be beverages for campus employees, but don’t forget to bring your company ID badge. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Central Park Bandshell, 12045 Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista. Free for campus employees. Playavista.com Friday, Aug. 25
Summer Night Market at Runway The monthly street party at Runway Playa Vista returns as a summer night market, with bites and refreshments from local restaurants, 40-plus artisan and vintage vendors, a chance to help create a glow-in-the-dark mural and a craft camper for kids who like to tinker. Dancing in the streets is encouraged, with DJ Disco Shrine spinning a pop mix all evening long. 6 to 10 p.m. Runway at Playa Vista, 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista. Free. runwayplayavista.com
Beach Movie Night: “Kubo and the Two Strings” With the help of his samurai father’s magical shamisen, young Kubo must navigate family treacheries to see justice prevail in this 3D stopmotion action/adventure fantasy screening at 8 p.m. Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. Free. (310) 726-4128; beaches. lacounty.gov Saturday, Aug. 26
Venice Beach Music Fest 12 Immerse yourself in live music, dancing and participatory art in the spirit of keeping Venice eclectic and vibrant. This year’s headliner is Strawberry Alarm Clock, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love and their No. 1 hit “Incense and Peppermints.” 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Windward Plaza, 1 Windward Ave., Venice. Free. venicebeachmusicfest.com
Marina Concert: Arturo Sandoval 7 p.m. The Cuban-born master trumpeter, pianist, composer and godfather of Latin jazz as we know it — a 10-time Grammy winner and a 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — brings the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series to a monumental conclusion. 7 p.m. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900; marinadelrey.lacounty.gov Sunday, Aug. 27
Killer Rides Car Show 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vintage rides, hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, live music and free Tail o’ the Pup hot dogs never go out of style. Find them all from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Killer Shrimp, 4211 (Continued on page 62)
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Yoga for a Cause Renew your body, mind and commitment to doing good with a donations-based yoga class benefitting a local charity. Bring a yoga mat, water and a few bucks. 9 to 10 a.m. Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. playavista.com Saturday, Sept. 16
Surprise Pop-Up Something cool is supposed to happen from 10 a.m. to noon at Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista. Free. playavista.com Saturday, Sept. 16
Bagels & Brew Hercules Campus workers can banter over bagels, coffee and juice from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The Resort Club Room, 12852 Runway Road, Playa Vista. Campus ID badge required. playavista.com Thursday, Sept. 28 Thursday, Sept. 28
Campus Oktoberfest Celebrate this storied German tradition with lads
in lederhosen and dames in dirndls in a Playa Vista location to be determined. 2 to 3:30 p.m. playavista.com
Toddler Storytime Take your little tyke to the library for a half hour of songs, rhymes, and book or feltboard stories. Lots of singing and action. 10 a.m. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. Free. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org
Third Tuesday Book Club Read and discuss the classics and literary prize winners you’ve always wanted or meant to read. Book list available in the library. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. Free. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org Wednesdays
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Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea Club
In this weekly 11 a.m. to noon workshop to develop better presentation skills, experienced Toastmasters present the fundamentals of public speaking in the relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere of a Toastmasters meeting. Pregerson Technical Facility, 12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (424) 625-3131; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop Quiz Team Trivia
Take part in a friendly game of trivia while enjoying a burger and any of 20 beers on tap. The fun begins at 8 p.m. each Wednesday at Tompkins Square Bar & Grill, 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. No cover. (310) 670-1212; t2barandgrill.com
West L.A. Hike A community of friendly people gathers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday for one of five West L.A. routes. Check meetup.com to sign up and find out each week’s destination. Saturdays
Community Bike Ride Join Bike Attack for a casual community bike ride from Playa Vista to Manhattan Beach from 8 to 11 a.m. each Saturday. Sign up at meetup.com.
Artists & Fleas A marketplace to bring together emerging artists, indie designers and vintage collectors outside a traditional retail setting, Artists & Fleas is a community gathering spot and hipster haven, with shopping and food trucks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each second and fourth Saturday of the month. Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. artistsandfleas.com Have an event coming up in or around Playa Vista? Send details to email@example.com.
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