Archives For July 2012

The Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. Home to great hiking trails and many movie shoots, the Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

Hall of the Eye

Inside the Observatory, this exhibit illustrates the nature and progress of human observation of the sky and the tools used for that exploration. This exhibit gallery focuses on how people have observed the sky and the often profound impact those observations have had on people and society. Each of the four The Hall of the Eye exhibit areas chart the key developments that have further evolved our ability to help our eyes see farther, fainter, and beyond. See other exhibits at the Observatory here.

Samuel Oschin Planetarium

With its spectacular Zeiss star projector, laser digital projection system, state-of-the-art aluminum dome, comfy seats, sound system, and theatrical lighting, the 285-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater is the finest planetarium in the world.

Theater Shows

  • Water Is Life - leads you on a search for water – and possibly life – beyond Earth

  • Time’s Up examines the fundamental nature of time through the prism of false claims regarding the end of the world in late 2012

For more show information click here.

Special Events

  • Triumph of the Dream film screening is a documentary that explores the human face of the Mars Exploration Rover mission that landed two rovers on Mars in 2004. After the film, join director Norman Seeff for a lively discussion. August 2 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Griffith Observatory holds this exciting, free program on the first Friday of every month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater called All Space Considered. Join the Observatory’s staff as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science. Seating is first come, first serve. August 3 at 7:30 p.m.

  • NASA Curiosity rover lands on Mars and staff will present NASA’s live coverage of the event, provide commentary on the mission, and answer questions in a free program. The Observatory will be open for this event until midnight. August 5 at 9:00 p.m.

  • Free public star parties are held monthly with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment. August 25 from 2 – 9:45 p.m. For more event information click here.

Zeiss Telescope

The Griffith Observatory is one of the premier public observatories in the world. One of the principal reasons is the presence and regular availability of high-quality public telescopes. Griffith wanted the public to have the opportunity to look through a telescope, which he felt might broaden human perspective. Mounted in the copper-clad domes on either end of the building, the Zeiss and solar telescopes are free to the public every day and night the sky is clear.

Free Public Telescopes

Free public telescopes are available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to guide visitors in observing. Please be aware that the demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m.

Stellar Emporium Gift Shop

The Observatory’s brand new gift and book shop offers a cosmic array of Observatory insignia items, as well as astronomy and space-themed books, gifts, clothing, toys, and other items. Operated by museum expert Event Network, the gift shop is located on the new lower level. You may also shop at the Observatory’s online store.

Cafe at the End of the Universe

Whether you are looking for a cool drink, a full meal, or a delicious dessert, the Observatory’s new cafe is conveniently available to serve you. Operated by world-famous Wolfgang Puck, the cafe is located on the new lower level.

The mission of Griffith Observatory is inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky. Enjoy your visit!

WHAT: The Griffith Observatory
WHERE: 2800 East Observatory Road | Los Angeles, CA 90027
WHEN: Tuesday – Friday | 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Saturday – Sunday | 10:00 am – 10:00 pm | Closed Mondays

CONTACT INFO: (213) 473-0800

DETAILS:

  • Admission to the Observatory building and grounds is free
  • Parking is available in the parking lot or on the adjacent roads

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The Adamson House

July 27, 2012 — 2 Comments

 

This classic Malibu home was built in 1930 for Rhoda Rindge Adamson and her husband, Merritt Huntley Adamson. The house and grounds share its location with one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. Gorgeous views are afforded to you of the Malibu Lagoon, Malibu Beach, and the Malibu Pier. The Adamson House is a unique property perched on the beach with historic beauty and value.

The Adamsons

Merritt Huntley fell in love with Rhoda Agatha Rindge shortly after they met when he assumed the role of superintendent of the vast Malibu ranch property. His early ranching experience, plus his legal training were appropriate preparation for the position he held. Together they founded the renowned “Adohr Stock Farms” in 1916, one of the largest and finest dairies in existence.

The Exterior

There is a lovely pool with adjoining bathhouse, extensively decorated with Malibu tile. The tile also adorns several sparkling fountains. Flagstone pathways wind through the pristine landscape to provide walkways for you.

The Interior

The family living and dining rooms are delightful areas with views of the ocean to the east and south. The ceiling is supported by decorated mahogany beams and a Moroccan influence is seen here in the pointed arched window.

The lavish use of exquisite ceramic tile, produced by Malibu Potteries, is a hallmark of the house. The use of decorative tile has always been characteristic of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Mrs. Rindge wisely decided to utilize the unique red and buff burning clays that existed in the Malibu area, as well as an abundant supply of water from a spring in Sweetwater Canyon, to establish the Malibu Potteries. Beginning in 1926, a profusion of brilliant tiles flowed from this establishment to hundreds of residential and public buildings throughout Southern California.

The Adamson House Tour

The tour is a guided tour through the house which contains its original furnishings and is decorated with the renowned Malibu Potteries tile. Trained volunteer docents relate the history of the house, details of its architecture and furnishings, and the history of the family that lived in and created this distinctive home.

The Malibu Lagoon Museum 

The museum adjoins the Adamson House and contains a collection of artifacts, rare photographs, and documents depicting the colorful history of Malibu. The museum tour takes you from the early Chumash Indian era through the Spanish California culture. Here is an excellent opportunity to relive the genteel and romantic ranching days of the famed Rindge and Adamson families. Learn about dramatic episodes in Malibu’s rich history: the Malibu Railroad; the 50-room Castle on the Hill; the 17-year legal battle over a Malibu highway; the Malibu movie colony; the Malibu Dam, and much, much more.

 The Adamson House Garden Tour

The tour is a docent-led walking tour of the landmark gardens, beautifully preserved in their 1930s appearance. It is offered every Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m. The fee of $7.00 per person includes a house tour; no reservation is required. Reservations are necessary only for groups of 10 or more; please call (310) 456-8432. Group tours are Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

A Delightful Gift Shop

The gift shop is also on the premises. In it, you will find a veritable treasure trove of hard-to-find books, memorabilia, and unique gifts. Included in the shop’s wares are: colored reprints of Malibu tiles; hand-painted pastels of the Adamson House, and other items with a Museum motif.

WHAT: The Adamson House
WHERE: 23200 Pacific Coast Highway | Malibu, CA 90265
WHEN: Wednesday – Saturday | 11:o0 am – 3:00 pm

CONTACT INFO: (310) 456-8432

DETAILS:

  • Admission: 17 years and older – $7.00, 6 to 16 years – $2.00, and 5 years and under – free (CASH ONLY Accepted for All Tour Fees)
  • Tour Schedule: Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm  (Last tour at 2:00 pm) Tuesdays – Bus Tours Only

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The colors that make up the tea rainbow can be found at the Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium in West Hollywood. Located on trendy Melrose Avenue and close to the Pacific Design Center, the store is a quiet place full of vegetation, peaceful music, and koi ponds. They offer an extensive library of hot and cold tea’s that come in a number of unique flavors to match or change your mood.

Dr. Tea, that’s what they call me,” says Mark Ukra, co-owner of the Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium. He explains he was dubbed “doctor” by a group of tea-tasting toddlers who once visited the Emporium, where he and wife Julie are dedicated to “bestowing knowledge” about tea’s health benefits each day.

Dr. Tea calls the Emporium “similar to the Cheers bar but with tea,” as health-minded barflies come for conversation, some slightly less caffeinated inner peace, or just a spot of tea-and-quiet. One-on-one or in the dozens, Dr. Tea hopes to provide this coffee-crazed city with just a little bit of Zen.

The menu offers varieties from around the world, many of which are exceptionally rare. Among them is “pu-erh,” which allegedly gets better with age (uncommon for the beverage). You can test this yourself by ordering some leaves from the 1950s. They also offer Frosteas, which are cool and refreshing tea beverages that come in different flavors.

Along with their tasty and healthy selection of tea’s, they offer light food options such as beet salad, couscous, and quinoa.

They also offer gluten-free and vegan pastries such as cookies and cupcakes. Their new vegan Chai Latte and Vanilla Caramel Cupcakes are delicious.

Visit the Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium for a relaxing and stimulating experience, this is one doctors appointment you don’t want to miss. Ask for my friend Dennis who will give you the ultimate and personalized tea tour. Namaste.

WHAT: Dr. Tea’s Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium
WHERE: 607 North Huntley Drive | West Hollywood, CA 90069
WHEN: Sunday – Thursday 10 am – 10 pm | Friday – Saturday 10 am – 12 am  

CONTACT INFO: (800) 288-4372 or drtea@teagarden.com 

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Attention jeans and deal lovers, there is a J Brand Factory Outlet in downtown LA that offers quality jeans made in California at insane prices. The store gets stock daily and is almost always 50-75% off the retail price. Step inside to get an exclusive peek inside the entire J Brand world, from the factory to the sewing machines to the archives and more. They carry women’s, men’s, and kids clothing. The store is built off of a friendly environment with unbeatable prices!

WHAT: J Brand Factory Outlet
WHERE: 1225 East Washington Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90021
WHEN: Monday – Friday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Occupying the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita, The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a unique 127 acre botanical garden and historical site. Home to plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species, The Arboretum also houses outdoor historical landmarks representative of the major phases of California history.

Grace Kallam Perennial Garden

Beds of themed colorful blooming perennials and attractive foliage along intimate paths. Each bed has a color theme. The Purple-leaved redbud and the Chinese fringe tree shade the area.

Queen Anne Cottage

Constructed in 1885, this building is an ornate example of Victorian extravagance. Set in a lakeside landscape featuring perennial color and huge Blue Gum Trees. Be sure to look in the windows.

Garden for All Seasons

An interactive garden displaying wildflowers, herbs, and vegetables planted and cultivated by volunteers in the community. This garden is used as an outdoor classroom and demonstration area year-round.

Meyberg Waterfall

Planted with an array of attractive foliage, flowering plants, and a mix of hardy tropicals and temperate plants. This is a favorite spot for photography or just relaxing by the splashing water.

View a map of the grounds here.

Garden Wildlife

The Arboretum is also an animal sanctuary. In addition to The Arboretum’s famous peafowl, visitors will see species of resident and migratory birds, aquatic creatures, as well as numerous species of small reptiles and mammals.

Tram Tours

The tram offers you a front row seat to The Arboretum’s five botanical sections: Africa, Australia, The Americas, The Asiatic, and the Historic Circle. The tram travels from the Madagascar Spiny Forest, a collection of succulents with twisted trunks punctuated with needles, to the soaring vista on Tallac Knoll, surrounding you with the beauty and wonder of The Arboretum’s collection of over 18,000 plants.

Gift Shop and Peacock Cafe

The gift shop houses a fine selection of new gift items and seasonal plants as well as succulent arrangements and crafts handmade by Arboretum volunteers. And, they offer peacock-themed note cards, feathers, hand fans, and T-shirts. Many items, including mugs and tote bags, can be found with the Arboretum logo. They have gardening and nature books for all ages. Sign up for a The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden Membership, and get 10% off your purchases.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a rich historical site that includes Native American, Rancho Period, and late 19th century treasures. In addition to concerts and tours, they offer activities and events that cater to every audience. View their events calendar here.

WHAT: The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Garden
WHERE: 301 North Baldwin Avenue | Arcadia, California 91007
WHEN: Open daily 9 am – 5 pm

CONTACT INFO: (626) 821-3222

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: Adults $8, Students and Seniors $6, Children Ages 5 – 12 $3, and Children under 5 free
  • Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Admission free on the third Tuesday of the month (No tram on these days)
  • Cashiers can accept payments of cash, and personal checks from California
  • There are NO CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS at this time
  • The tram costs $4.00 per person and operates Saturday and Sunday at noon; 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The schedule is subject to change so please call in advance of your visit

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Right this way, ladies and gentlemen, right this way! Don’t be afraid to step right up, the circus is in town and you’d be a clown to miss it! That’s right, the circus, and this show is far more then a common traveling company of performers. I attended this past weekend and it was a captivating spectacle that only Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey could deliver. The show had me on the edge of my seat and my eyes peeled wide open trying to keep track of all the breath taking entertainment. The circus has truly come a long way from traditional acts to include death defying stunts and elegant performances that had everyone screaming lions, tigers, and dragons! This really was The Greatest Show On Earth!

Their brand new show Dragons brings together tribes from the far reaches of the earth that are brought together in a single performance, displaying their breathtaking skills in a circus tournament of champions. Each tribe must prove that they have virtues of Courage, Strength, Wisdom, and Heart to arouse dragons which appear right before your very eyes!

Some of my favorite acts included the animals, that ranged from small cats to majestic lions and tigers, from comedic dogs to beautiful elephants. Here you can see an elegant act involving horses where you can see the incredible riding skills the performers have mastered.

Their new show Dragons has a far East theme and is filled with entertaining acts that tell a story throughout the show. Here you can see a martial arts expert jump through a ring of blades set on fire. The performers also display amazing feats of strength through mind, body, and spirit.

So, if you’re looking for live and in your face entertainment, look no further. The show is for all ages and is a great way to bring friends and family together. Book your tickets now, you don’t want to miss the big top in a town near you!

WHAT: Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus
WHERE: Staples Center | 1111 South Figueroa Street |  Los Angeles, Ca 90015
WHEN: July 11, 2012 – July 17, 2012
WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena | 4000 East Ontario Center Parkway | Ontario, Ca 91764
WHEN: July 20, 2012 – July 24, 2012
WHERE: Honda Center Anaheim | 2695 Est Katella Avenue | Anaheim, Ca 92806
WHEN: July 27, 2012 – August 05, 2012

CONTACT INFO: Click here.

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: $15 – $100 click here for prices.

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Make the ocean your treadmill! Learn to row like a pro. Experience the limitless benefits of slide seat open water rowing at the Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club. Leave the smog behind and breathe fresh ocean air while burning up to 800 calories an hour. Exercise all of the major muscles in your body without any pounding or stress on your joints!

Open water rowing in a sleek stable Whitehall Spirit sculling boat is a life changing experience. The Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club of Marina del Rey lets everyone from those with no experience to expert rowers go slide seat rowing in either a single or double position sculling boat. Once a member you simply reserve and book your boat online with just your name and password. Later, down at the club docks the attendant has your boat ready for you when you arrive to head out for your personal rowing experience.

Both legs driving together power the slide seat with little to no stress on the knees and joints. The slide seat row stroke uses up to 90% of the body’s muscles, smoothly, and gently. Breathe fresh clean air as lightweight carbon fiber sculling oars drive you along.

Master of your personal water universe. Row by yourself. Row with friends. Join a group row, a fitness row, or a tour of Marina del Rey. Learn about the yachts both modern and historic. See the wildlife. Get used to miles of rowing available in the largest man made marina on the Westcoast while rowing in a Whitehall Spirit sculling boat that is also known as the bicycle of the sea.

WHAT: Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club
WHERE: 14025 Panay Way | Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
WHEN: Monday – Sunday | 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

CONTACT INFO: (310) 822-7600 or info@whitehalldelray.com

DETAILS:

  • An initial one-on-one training session is required. This lesson helps insure that members know the procedures and are skilled enough to launch, row clear of the dock and keep out of harms way in the Marina.
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