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The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, 20th-century industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years.

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Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections.

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The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens. Two temporary exhibition spaces feature rotating installations of artworks not on permanent display. The Museum’s online collections database presents a portion of the objects in the permanent collection, and is continually being updated.

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The Patina-operated Garden Café is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or a snack during your visit to the Norton Simon Museum. Located in the Museum’s celebrated and serene sculpture garden, the café offers daily specials and a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches, baked goods and beverages.

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The Norton Simon Museum promotes the knowledge and understanding of the visual arts to a diverse audience. Whether your preference is for small, informal discussions with staff educators, lectures by renowned scholars and curators or drawing classes led by local artists, the Museum invites you to experience the richness of the collections in many different ways.

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Enjoy family friendly programs that introduce children and adults to the wonderful world of art and spark the creative spirit in kids of all ages.

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WHAT: The Norton Simon Museum
WHEN: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Tuesday Closed | Friday and Saturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm | Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: 411 West Colorado Boulevard | Pasadena, CA 91105-1825

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (626) 449-6840

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Rancho Los Alamitos

November 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

Rancho Los Alamitos is listed twice on the National Register of Historic Places – once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time.

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The site includes traces of the ancestral village such as an adobe-core ranch house ca.1800 and four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920’s and 30’s.

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There is also a restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century.

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With the opening of the Rancho Center, the film, new exhibits, and room environments that feature the landscape, the people have developed the region and the state over time.

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This exceptional site reveals the early Tongva presence, the Spanish and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and the imprint of 20th century development. A quintessential place for people to experience the living story of southern California, Rancho Los Alamitos is a microcosm of the region, past to present.

WHAT: Rancho Los Alamitos 
WHEN: 
Wednesday  – Sunday | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE:
6400 Bixby Hill Road | Long Beach, CA 90815

CONTACT INFO: (562) 431-3541

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Every fall, thousands of compassionate people gather to raise funds and change hearts for farm animals through the Walk for Farm Animals, a series of non-competitive walking events held each year in cities across the United States and Canada. Others participate virtually through our “Sleep In for Farm Animals.” Walkers raise vital funds for Farm Sanctuary’s life-saving work and promote kindness toward animals. The Walk for Farm Animals is a positive way to speak out on behalf of animals who cannot speak for themselves and make a real difference in their lives.

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The 2013 Walk for Farm Animals was a huge success! Thanks to the support and amazing dedication of more than 4,800 walkers across 38 events, Farm Sanctuary raised $438,000 for farm animals. Musical entertainment provided by Nina and RandaFatMagic, and DJ Nametag.

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The Walk for Farm Animals raises vital funds for Farm Sanctuary’s lifesaving work and brings together thousands of people to change hearts and minds about farm animals. Will you join Los Angeles to support compassion for all?

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WHAT: Walk For Farm Animals 
WHEN: 
October 25, 2014 | Check-in 9:30 am | Yoga Stretch 10 am (provided by Lotus Kitty) |Walk 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE:
Memorial Park | 30 North Raymond Avenue | Pasadena, CA 91103

DETAILS:

  • Registration: $10 – $15 
  • The 2.3 mile route walk will start at 11:00 am and will take about an hour to complete 

CONTACT INFO: Amy and Carolyn: LA@walkforfarmanimals.org

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Front Porch Cinema

September 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

Back by popular demand, the iconic Santa Monica Pier presents Front Porch Cinema, a free community movie experience under the stars every Friday night starting on October 3rd. For four consecutive weeks, The Pier will be transformed into a cozy front porch environment, providing the perfect setting for a night of movies, food, drinks with a variety of films for all audiences.

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Guests can unwind on old-timey lawn chairs and watch oceanfront films on a giant inflatable screen with the highest quality HD-projection and line-array sound. Viewers can also bring their own chairs as a limited number will be available for rent. The Cinema Lounge also welcomes guests before and during the show for movie-themed cocktails curated by Cocktail Academy, and handpicked food vendors from Berlin Currywurst to timeless kettle corn to complement the films.

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“If you liked free summer concerts, you’ll love free fall movies!” said Santa Monica Pier Administrator Jay Farrand. “Grab your friends and family and catch up on some of the best and biggest films from the past year, and a classic favorite. You can sing-a-long to “Frozen,” lean back and look at the stars during “Gravity,” eat fancy pastries during “Grand Budapest Hotel” or watch Ferris Bueller from under the Ferris Wheel.”

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Schedule:

October 2 – Jeremy Jones’ Higher*
October 3 – Frozen (PG)
October 10 – Gravity (PG-13)
October 17- Grand Budapest Hotel (R)
October 24 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)

WHAT: Front Porch Cinema 
WHEN: 
October 3 – 24, 2014 | Music 6:00 pm | Film 7:30 pm
WHERE: 
Santa Monica Pier | Santa Monica, CA 90401

DETAILS:

  • Cinema Lounge opens at 6:00 pm and movies start at 7:30 pm
  • Parking will be available in the lot north of the pier at 1550 Pacific Coast Highway

CONTACT INFO: (310) 458-8901 or info@santamonicapier.org

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Combine more than 24,000 “handmade in America” creations with live entertainment, contests, and a Kidzone, for the “seasonal shoppertunity” of the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show, coming to the Anaheim Convention Center. The festive fall atmosphere makes for an exciting discovery of ceramics, paintings, jewelry, blown glass, hand-woven clothing photography, candles, woodwork, garden designs, antique treasures, specialty foods, children’s accessories, sculptures, ornaments and more. Kids’ fun time begins with strolling performers, and the interactive Kidzone hosted by Macaroni Kid Irvine, including the new Home Depot “build it” center.

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Contests and crafting demonstrations add to the festivities the whole family can enjoy. Visiting with the artists and personalizing items makes the day even more memorable. Benefactors include Knots of Love and the Orange County Food Bank. Bring canned goods for donation and get $2 off admission. Kids 12 & under are FREE, and tickets are good for the entire weekend so you can return for more.

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Watch a video here.

WHAT: Anaheim Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
WHEN:
Friday – Sunday, October 10 – 12, 2014 | Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm | Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE:
Anaheim Convention Center Hall E | 800 West Katella Avenue | Anaheim, CA 92802

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: Adults $9, Seniors (62+) $7, Youths (13-17) $4, Kids 12 and under are free

CONTACT INFO: (800) 346-1212

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The Los Angeles County Fair is the largest county fair in North America and is back for one giant party featuring great food and drink, popular music and concerts, new attractions and worlds, kids fun and entertainment, and the wine, beer, and spirits marketplace.

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A summer tradition, the End of Summer Concert Series, presented by Toyota, offers the best in current and classic entertainment to guests. Encompassing everything from rock to pop to Latin to R&B, the End of Summer Concert Series is the coolest way to spend an evening. Grab your friends, bring a date or gather the family – the grandstand rocks and rolls with your favorite tunes. All concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Purchase your tickets online or at the Box Office. Make it a night to remember with one of their exclusive VIP PACKAGES.

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Party and play all night in the all-new Steam Punk-themed Grinding Gears nightclub. DJs, light shows, and entertainment create the perfect atmosphere.

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See what’s new and enjoy the enchantment of Luminasia. The lanterns themselves are individually created by a team of over 50 highly skilled Chinese artisans who have been creating lantern artwork for over nine generations.

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The combination of immense skill of the workmanship coupled with 21st century production and lighting makes this experience a must-do attraction for the entire family. Visit this once in a lifetime opportunity where you will step into a world that will stun your senses and leave you hypnotized byLuminasia’s beauty.

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Whether it’s to enjoy the very best in wine, beer, and spirits, or to relax from the excitement, LACF makes for a great place to hang out with friends.

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The Wine, Spirits, & Beer Marketplace, presented by Groupon, showcases the finest domestic and international vintages, as well as craft beer and distilled beverages – all winners of the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits, and Beer competitions. The competition is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. Click to enroll in Tasting Classes.

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The field trip program takes place every Wednesday – Friday, September 4 – 26, 2014 (Closed Wednesday, September 3). You may choose any date that you would like to attend. If the date is in the drop down menu on the website, the date is still available.

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Checking with your transportation department to ensure busing is available on the date you would like to attend is suggested before booking your date. Lunch storage is available on grounds if your group decides to bring a sack lunch. The only thing you need to bring with you on the date of your field trip is the confirmation email that you receive after you enroll.

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WHAT: Los Angeles County Fair 
WHEN:
August 29 – September 28, 2014 | Hours of operation 
WHERE: 
1101 West Mckinley Avenue | Fairplex, CA 91768

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (909) 623-3111 | info@lacountyfair.com

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The Shambala Preserve is home to over 40 big cats: lions, tigers, cougars, black and spotted leopards, servals, bobcats, and Asian leopard cats, who live out their lives at Shambala. All have come to the Preserve after confiscation by authorities such as California Fish and Game, the United States Department of Agriculture, the ASCPA, and various Humane Societies. They are from roadside zoos and private citizens who realize that they have purchased an animal that they can no longer handle. The exotic cat trade is a huge business, just under illegal drugs, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

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Once an animal is brought to the Shambala Preserve, it remains there for the rest of its life. As a true sanctuary, they do not buy, breed, sell, trade, or subject their animals to commercial use. Their only purpose is to allow these magnificent animals to live out their lives with love and dignity. Each “Wild One” has the best human, nutritional, medical, emotional, and mental care possible.

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The Shambala Preserve is founded by former New York fashion model and actress Tippi Hedren who made her debut as an actress in a starring role in Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds. Tippi often speaks to guests about the sanctuary and the lions.

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The Shambala Preserve offers many activities and events including Safari Tours, Overnight Tent Stays, Parent’s Day Tours, Sunset Safaris, and School Tours.

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The Shambala Preserve is tucked away among the beautiful Angeles National Forest.

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WHAT: The Shambala Preserve  
WHEN:
Check individual activities and events
WHERE: 6867 Soledad Canyon Road | Acton, CA 93510

DETAILS: 

  • All visitors to the Shambala Preserve must be 18 years or older, no exceptions

CONTACT INFO: (661) 268-0380

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