It’s going to be another scorcher of a weekend, but you can’t stay inside forever (or, if you do, at least you can look for some air conditioned fun). Getting out or getting cool…we can help.
Starting on the western side of our geographic area, and as previously mentioned, you could spend your morning with the Midtown Los Angeles Homeless Coalition’s canvass of the Miracle Mile, Carthay Center and Sycamore Square areas.
Later, at your convenience, you are invited to pay your respects to the Miracle Mile 9/11 Trees, which were planted as tributes to American Citizens who lost their lives at the Pentagon and World Trade Center sites. The trees can be found in four areas:
– Monument and Tree Grove adjacent to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, which honor Captain Charles Burlinggame, pilot of American Flight 77, his crew and passengers, including children and teachers bound for a naturalist field trip, as well as firefighters and police officers.
– Sidewalk Trees (London Planes) on the south side of Wilshire at Stanley and Curson Aves.
– Sidewalk Trees (Ginkos) along Hauser Blvd. from Third to Sixth Streets.
– Firehouse Memorial Plaque and Tree (Flowering Crepe Myrtle) at Fire Station 61, 5821 W. Third St., honoring firefighter David Weiss, Manhattan Rescue 1, FDNY.
The trees were planted by the Hollywood/LA Beautification Team with the help of the First in Fire Foundation and the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition.
To experience our local trees in a more tactile way, the Craft and Folk Art Museum will hold a workshop on Basket Weaving Using L.A. Palm Trees on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.. Participants will learn how to weave their own palm-leaf baskets and about the history of palm trees in Los Angeles. A CAFAM field guide to palm tree identification will also be provided to participants. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children and free for CAFAM members.
Next, right across the street, Los Angeles County Museum of Art members can preview the new Frank Gehry show on Saturday (with docents available from 1-3 p.m.)…while the show opens to the general public on Sunday. According to the museum, the show traces the arc of the legendary architect’s career, and “focuses on two main themes: urbanism and the development of new systems of digital design and fabrication, including his use of CATIA, a software tool…which allows the digital manipulation of 3-D representations.” Tickets are available at the museum’s website.
Heading east a bit, visit Larchmont Blvd. for its usual terrific mix of food and specialty shops, including a trunk show from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, featuring the legendary luxury eyewear brand Matsuda, at Daas Optique. During the show, Daas will pay your sales tax and offer $100 off prescription lenses with the purchase of a Matsuda frame.
By then, the weather should be cooling down a bit, just in time for dinner at the huge L.A. Greek Fest, at the St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave. The annual event, now in its 17th year, opened on Friday and is a celebration of Greek food, beer and wine, dance and culture. Hours are noon-11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon-10 p.m. on Sunday.
Finally, an event that’s not quite so local, but as female journalists it’s one we can’t resist including: First with the Latest, an exhibition at the Los Angeles Central Library about “Aggie” Underwood, a local reporter who rose through the ranks in the 1920s-40s to become the first woman city editor for a major metropolitan newspaper, the Los Angeles Herald. The exhibition runs until January, but it’s hot out this weekend and our local libraries are designated as official cooling zones…so this is a great time to check it out.
Have a great weekend!
About Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.
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