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Heritage Square Museum has a lot to offer during the summer! Saturday, June 27 and July 25 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm there will be an open gardening day in their Ford Kitchen Garden. Stop by to help them weed, plant, and prepare their garden. Tools will be provided. Please remember to dress appropriately for working in a garden. Long sleeves, a hat, and closed toed shoes are recommended.

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Victor Ian Elan will once again be hosting his Soirees Mystique in the Perry Mansion on July 11 with one show at 7:00 pm and the second at 9:00 pm. Tickets for the two shows can be purchased here. Museum members receive a discount on the ticket prices. Please call the museum offices at (323) 225-2700 ext. 223 for the discount code.

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Mark you calendars because their Silent & Classic Movie Nights are coming Saturday, August 15 and 22 at 7:30 pm. Join as they project films onto the side of their boxcar. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic to enjoy a movie under the stars. Admission is free for members and $10 for the general public. Films TBA.

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Volunteers are a huge part of Heritage Square and they can always use more. Becoming a volunteer is one of the most important ways you can support the museum. In particular this session, they are looking for people who are interested in becoming tour guides. Their volunteer training process is a five session course held on Saturday mornings from August 1 to August 29 beginning at 10:00 am. The course will teach you everything you need to know to begin introducing guests to the museum and our structures.

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WHAT: Summer At Heritage Square Museum
WHEN: Summer moths 
WHERE: 3800 Homer Street | Los Angeles, CA 90031

CONTACT: (323) 225-2700 | info@heritgesquare.org

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More than 30 native North American butterfly species and an array of plants take up residence every summer at the Natural History Museum‘s living habitat, the Butterfly Pavilion. Wander through a unique changing ecosystem, witness free-flying creatures interacting with plant life, and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.

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The Butterfly Pavilion showcases hundreds of butterflies and the plants that surround them, an interaction that has been refined over the course of millions of years. See up close how butterflies use their tubular mouthparts to obtain nectar and witness caterpillars feed on leaves and go through the process of their transformation into adults. Various butterflies are present at different points during the season and the plants will grow and change. This means that each visit to the Butterfly Pavilion throughout the summer can be a different experience!

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WHAT: Butterfly Pavilion
WHEN: April 12 through September 7, 2015
WHERE: 900 Exposition Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90007

DETAILS: 

CONTACT: (213) 763-3466

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What is Obscura Day? It’s more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, all on a single day, and all designed to celebrate the world’s most curious and awe-inspiring places. Access to this private collection of rare and restored vintage pinball machines usually requires an invite, but we’ve got your ticket in. Don’t worry, you won’t need a password, a special knock or a secret handshake to get through the door – Field Agent Sandi Hemmerlein has made special arrangements for an OBSCURA DAY pinball party just for the Los Angeles Obscura Society.

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In an undisclosed location in Pasadena, Thumperdome is open only to those on the owner’s personal mailing list. Now we will get the chance to flip and bump our way to Pinball Wizard stardom on his vintage machines – some decades old, and many of which have been salvaged from bars, arcades, and even the trash. Pinball machines have been restored onsite and brought back to their former glory for players of all ages to experience again, or for the first time. We’ll chat with Thumperdome’s owner about the history and design of a few of his machines, and we’ll find out what goes into repairing them. We may even see some restoration work in progress!

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Whether you’re a serious gamer, a lover of kitsch, or an old soul, here’s your chance to strike points, earn extra balls, hit the jackpot, and learn about a fiercely competitive hobby that has achieved cult status. And you won’t need a pocketful of quarters to do it.

WHAT: Obscura Day 2015: Private Tour And Play At The Pacific Pinball Museum
WHEN: May 30, 2015 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Pasadena, CA 91104  

DETAILS: 

  • Tickets: $20 

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Beautiful period costumes and vintage gowns take center stage during this annual Vintage Fashion and Tea extravaganza. After the show, visitors partake in an afternoon buffet tea, shop in our Museum Store, enjoy our vendors, and more.

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Heritage Square Museum is a living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California during its first 100 years of statehood.The eight historic structures located at the museum, constructed during the Victorian Era, were saved from demolition and serve as a perfect background to educate the public about the everyday lives of Southern Californians from the close of the 19th Century into the early decades of the 20th Century.

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WHAT: Heritage Square Museum Vintage Fashion And Tea
WHEN: April 11, 2015 | 11:00 am 
WHERE: 3800 Homer Street | Los Angeles, CA 90031

DETAILS: 

  • Tickets are $30 per Adult and $15 per child ages 6-10 and must be purchased in advance by calling the museum offices
  • Museum members receive a 25% discount

CONTACT INFO: (323) 225-2700

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For the first time in Los Angeles—The California Science Center in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority is proud to present the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever mounted outside of Israel, featuring over 600 ancient artifacts on display. This special exhibition explores the science and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, manuscripts written and hidden in caves 2000 years ago and not discovered until 1947. The exhibition also features sections from 10 selections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half never seen before in the U.S., including parts of the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.

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Through multimedia exhibits, guests will explore the science and technology used to date these ancient manuscripts, decipher them, and preserve them for future generations. Additional highlights include a three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall, limestone capitals from the first temple period (1000-586 BCE), ossuaries from the early Roman period, and an ancient signature preserved for millennia on the Archer Seal.

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Interactive exhibits invite guests to experience the science of the Scrolls in a new way. Practice writing in Hebrew and Greek, feel the difference between papyrus and parchment, explore how carbon dating helps scientists determine the age of the Scrolls, and reconstruct a ceramic pot by matching fragments like restorers do.

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Soar high above the ancient city of Jerusalem — a city of many religions and an important crossroads of civilization. After being granted special permission in the region’s strict no-fly zone, filmmakers were able to capture the first-ever large format aerial footage of the Old City and throughout the Holy Land.

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Through breathtaking aerial footage, eye-opening personal stories and remarkable historical perspective, Jerusalem takes viewers inside the heart of the ancient city in ways never seen before. This inspiring film also features exclusive footage that will take you to the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, and much more.

WHAT: Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition
WHEN: Now – September 7, 2015
WHERE: 700 Exposition Park Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90037

CONTACT INFO: (323) 724-3623

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Victoria Beach Tower

February 18, 2015 — Leave a comment

Victoria Beach is one of Orange County’s more secluded public areas, the tiny beach is guarded by rocky cliffs on both ends and is only accessible by a narrow concrete stairway down a steep slope. Above the beach, lush hillsides are dotted with large houses on stilts where the county’s wealthiest residents reside. Beyond the beach’s north end is a small cove, best explored at low tide, which harbors a storybook mystery known to some locals as the Pirate Tower.

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The 60 foot rocket-like structure seems to have been carved out of the cliff by massive waves hundreds of years ago. Ocean breezes moan through small portals covered by rusting metal grates on the tower’s sides and a large door at the structure’s base, also covered in rust, reveals a wooden spiral staircase twisting to the ledge above.

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According to a report written by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, both the house and tower were built in 1926 for the family of William E. Brown, a state senator representing California’s 37th district, and a frequent Christian Science lecturer. As it turns out, the tower is nothing more than a fancy staircase for the homeowner above. But the backstory is interesting nonetheless.

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The tower is located below Victoria Drive off the South Coast Highway at Victoria Beach.

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To gain access to the tower take Dumond Drive down to the beach and turn right and walk along the cliff. Access may be limited depending on the tide.

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Watch a video here.

WHAT: Victoria Beach Tower
WHEN: Sunup to sundown 
WHERE: Laguna Beach, CA

SOCIAL MEDIA: Yelp

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Bungalow Heaven

February 11, 2015 — Leave a comment

Bungalow Heaven is a quiet, leafy, close-knit neighborhood of historic, early 20th century bungalow homes, many built during the Arts & Crafts period. The Landmark District, the first of its kind in Pasadena, was created in 1989 to preserve the historic significance of these homes. Recently, Bungalow Heaven has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as one of the “10 great places in America” by the APA.

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The homes were primarily constructed in the early 1900’s in the spirit of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Arts and Crafts movement placed a strong emphasis on individual craftsmanship and attention to detail. The style is perhaps best represented by Pasadena’s Gamble House, butBungalow Heaven represents the style in a manner consistent with the common Pasadena residents daily experience.

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Every April Bungalow Heaven is filled with visitors who pay homage to what makes the neighborhood historic, the homes. The Home Tour is a celebration of the people that lived here before and the artistry of the architecture of a time gone by. In an era where the old is torn down for newer flashier things, it’s good to know that there is still a place where people can come and honor the past.

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The current residents of the neighborhood were so proud of their homes that they wanted to get the government involved; they had the area designated as a Landmark District by the city in 1989, which helped impose restrictions on the kind of alterations that homeowners could perform. They convinced the U.S. Department of the Interior to include the area in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The residents also help run the Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour, which provides an opportunity to tour the interiors of selected homes. The Tour is a great idea since it is otherwise not socially acceptable to walk through strangers homes.

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The Tour features the homes along North Chester Ave. and North Michigan Ave. between East Mountain Street and East Orange Boulevard. The homes have many distinctive features. The Craftsman Bungalow exteriors are characterized by their one-and-a-half-story height, slanted roof,  wide front porch, and sleeping porch. The interiors often contain built-in cabinets and seats, a California basement, and an emphasis on all things horizontal. Many of the homes along Michigan Ave. feature arroyo stones within their fireplaces and along the front porch and intricate windows within the wide front doors. These characteristics were particularly prominent in the “Living History Home” featured on the Tour. The Living History Home Tour takes you through the lives of character actors portraying the realty issues in the 1970’s.

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WHAT: Bungalow Heaven
WHEN: Contact for details 
WHERE: Pasadena, CA 91102

CONTACT INFO: (626) 585-2172 | bhna@bungalowheaven.org

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