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An Evening with Star Chefs

An Evening with Star Chefs
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An evening of fine wines and exotic beers to go along with “tastings of the finest dishes from some of the best chefs in L. A.,” followed by a sit-down “lite fare” catered by Cynthia Brooks Distinctive Catering. This “Evening with Star Chefs” includes a silent and live auction, and the jazz sounds of Nina […]

Antigua Bread

Antigua Bread

A friend of mine who’s a chef and of Mexican descent introduced us to what has become one of our favorite breakfast spots: Antigua Bread on Huntington Drive just a bit west of Fremont Avenue. We meet one early morning and after receiving a strong, rich latte, we demur to our friend’s breakfast suggestions as […]

Flame of Hope

Flame of Hope

Seven thousand athletes from 170 nations will compete in 25 sporting events at the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles beginning July 25th. This is the first time in 16 years that the Special Olympics will be held in America, the largest event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, and […]

Miracle May, GelTech & CJ’s Recipe for a Green Lawn

Miracle May, GelTech & CJ’s Recipe for a Green Lawn

“We dodged a bullet,” said Bill Hasencamp of the Metropolitan Water District’s Colorado River Program as reported by the L.A. Times. Hasencamp’s referring to the “May Miracle.” This past spring, water levels in Lake Mead at the Arizona-Nevada border had fallen to a level not seen since the early 1930s. Then it began to rain. […]

Sauna Sundays

Sauna Sundays

“I’m interested in space and the way people interact in space,” says Michael Parker, creator of the Steam Egg, now exhibiting at the Armory. The Steam Egg is a steam room in the shape of an egg with 2,000 mirrors over it. “I initially made it thinking that it was an experiment in and looking […]

Bowie: A Tribute

Bowie: A Tribute

Ah, the memories. The album covers. The strange movies. The concerts. The brilliant performances. That voice. For a lifetime, we’ve been a David Bowie fan. Favorite albums: Aladdin Sane, Ashes to Ashes, Hunky Dory, Young Americans, Low. Favorite songs: Silly Boy Blue, Oh! You Pretty Things, Life on Mars, Kooks, Panic in Detroit, Sound and […]

Pet CPR Training

Pet CPR Training

Dog + Manities (from humanity) = Dogmanities. Dogmanities: “The branches of learning that investigates dog + human relationship constructs and concerns.” So say the folks at Dogmanities.com. Dogmanities offers consultations about pet facts, resources, and dog-at-work possibilities. It offers workshops and programs on dog fitness, mind-body wellness, “stumpers n rumpers” canine massage, pet loss and […]

Hahamongna Walkabout, Nursery & Drought Update

Hahamongna Walkabout, Nursery & Drought Update

At the base of the Arroyo Seco Basin, one may find 22 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, Devil’s Gate Dam, oak woodland, the Oak Grove area, active spreading basins, and diversity of plant habitat and a refuge for wildlife and birds. It’s all at Hahamongna Park. On Saturday, July 18th, 4-7 p.m., join the […]

Hockney: Painting & Photography

Hockney: Painting & Photography

One of the earliest jobs we had when we first arrived in Los Angeles County in the fall of 1989 was playing hostess at The Ivy restaurant on Robertson Boulevard near Beverly Hills. We say “playing” as the girls were required to wear long, flowery-type dresses and a straw hat adorned with fake flowers that […]

Amanda Plummer’s Little Heart

Amanda Plummer’s Little Heart

She was a Sister of Immaculate Heart. She questioned authority, even within her own religion. She studied, taught, created, and “changed the course of modern art.¹ Sister Mary Corita Kent’s pop-inspired serigraphs made her known internationally, and transformed the small art department at Immaculate Heart College into a global center for design and printmaking.² In […]

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