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Cinespia is an organization that hosts on-site screenings of classic films in and around Los Angeles. They show films from the 1930s through the 1990s. The al fresco Hollywood Forever Cemetery screenings take place on the Fairbanks Lawn (so named for the adjacent crypt housing both Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Jr.), and films are digitally projected against the west wall of the Cathedral Mausoleum, which houses the crypt of Rudolph Valentino among many others.

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Up to 3,500 patrons per screening attend and bring blankets, pillows, picnic dinners, alcoholic beverages, and candles and enjoy screenings under the stars, while a staff of 35 keep things running smoothly. DJ’s play music before and after the screenings over a portable sound system.

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Movie screenings are held outdoors on Fairbanks Lawn, an open grassy field inside the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and under the stars. You may bring a picnic dinner and drinks. Wine and beer are permitted, but no spirits please. Bring blankets, pillows or low chairs that have a seat that rests on the ground with a low back (tall Chairs are NOT allowed). A tarp under blanket is recommended.

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WHAT: Cinespia Outdoor Movie Screenings
WHEN: Check schedule here 
WHERE: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90038

DETAILS: 

  • Tickets: $8 – $15 
  • Allowable chair height from ground to seat is 6″ and from seat to top of chair 21″

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CONTACT INFO: (323) 221-3343 | cinespia@earthlink.net

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Yelp

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Take A Hike Day

November 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

There is no better time to celebrate the brisk beauty that is late autumn than on Take a Hike Day. On November 17th, as the last of the deep red and orange leaves finally relinquish their grasp on their branches and fall crunchily to the forest floor, it’s time to take a hike and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer. Not only is hiking a great way to discover local scenery, there are also many health benefits – both physical and psychological – linked to hiking.

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Depending on the difficulty of the hiking trail you choose to take, and the weight of your backpack, an hour of hiking can easily burn 500 calories. The usually grassy terrain of hiking trails is known to be easier on joints than the hard concrete of an indoor track, reducing your risk of a stress injury while exercising.

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Hiking has been linked to decreasing the symptoms of depression. Removing yourself from the pressures of a busy life and the constant distractions produced by technology will allow you to reconnect with yourself, resulting in increased moods and a sense of well-being.

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Santa Monica Mountains

Whether you choose to spend your time in self-reflection, or take the family out for an adventure in the forest, don’t forget to take a hike on this November 17th and enjoy the great outdoors! Stay safe out there!

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Runyon Canyon

Hiking suggestions:

WHAT: Take A Hike Day
WHEN: November 17, 2014 
WHERE: You choose!

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Ferndell Park

July 5, 2013 — 2 Comments

Ferndell Park is a favorite park destination, especially on a hot summer afternoon; but the verdant hues and patterning are a refreshing reprieve at any time of the year. Stroll under the cool canopy of California sycamores and view more than 50 fern species among select tropical plants and flowers along this winding trail. The park offers a casual nature walk and scenic picnic areas.

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The park is comprised of two sections. The lower section is a tropical garden with a variety of ferns, succulents, and other plants growing lushly along a man-made brook shaded by a canopy of trees.

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Stroll along a path lined with stone retaining walls and accented with rustic handrails, quaint footbridges, and conveniently placed benches.

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The upper section of Ferndell is primarily dusty picnic areas under a canopy of sycamore, alder, oak, and redwood.

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This section also has man-made streams that used to be fed with water from the observatory’s cooling system and gurgled its way down through the dell. But when the observatory was renovated, the cooling system was replaced and no longer releases its refreshing stream. So the stone-lined brooks through the picnic areas are dry.

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The parks narrow trail is arguably one of the most charming and lush in the area and will take you through stream areas with hanging plants and over and under little bridges and tunnels.

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This trail may take about a half an hour, depending on your pace. All dogs should always be kept on-leash unless a sign specifies otherwise. Ticketing for off-leash walking is becoming increasingly common. It is especially important here because lots of families with small children navigate this trail and kids are sometimes frightened by dogs running around corners.

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Ferndell Park is conveniently located just off Los Feliz Blvd. near the Western Canyon entrance of Griffith Park park just under the Griffith Observatory.

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From the intersection of Los Feliz and Fern Dell Blvd, drive north on Fern Dell about 0.3 mile, cross a narrow bridge (immediately after the bridge, Red Oak Drive comes in from the left), Drive another 100 yards to an open street gate and notice Trails Cafe on the left and parking places long the road on the right.

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You can park along the street anywhere up to this point or after this point, but it’s at this point that your route begins. Directly across from Trails Cafe, notice the opening in the fence.

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Los Angelinos once enjoyed a sanctuary of gnarled oaks, serene pools, and exotic ferns on Griffith Park’s southwestern edge. But four decades of neglect have left the 20-acre Ferndell retreat a shadow of its former self. The once-exotic Ferndell has deteriorated into a tangled, neglected patch of L.A.’s large urban park. Now a nonprofit group, Friends of Griffith Park has pledged to restore its past glory of its early Hollywood heyday. The volunteer group has launched a campaign to rejuvenate the 95-year-old stream-fed garden spot, restoring its 17 footbridges, ripping out thickets of invasive ivy and bamboo, and beefing up security. Read the full story and check out pictures at the LA Times: Click Here

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WHAT: Ferndell Park
WHEN: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm daily
WHERE:
Ferndell Park | 5375 Red Oak Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90027

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (323) 666-5046

SOCIAL MEDIA: Yelp

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