Space Shuttle Endeavour Trip Across LA Streets

October 16, 2012

The LA Times has a great time-lapse video of the Endeavour‘s journey from LAX to the California Science Center in Exhibition Park for display. Enjoy it here: LATimes video

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Wonder of Learning: Portland Children’s Museum and Red Tricycle Portland

February 4, 2012

Tomorrow, Feb 5, 2012 at 10 AM, the Portland Children’s Museum‘s newest traveling exhibit, The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children Exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy, will be open to the public. Those of you who know me well also know that I’m big on education and languages. This exhibit captured my interest immediately! Do click on the link to explore the thought behind the new, more museum-traditional (hands-off) type of exhibit, along with concepts, questions and answers.

“Exploring education through multi-media galleries that speak to how young children imagine, invent and create, this exhibit expands the potential to support creative thinking and collaboration in our schools and communities.”

Viewing The Wonder of Learning exhibit is included in your Museum admission price as well as all membership levels. Guests who ONLY wish to view The Wonder of Learning exhibit may do so free of charge by checking in with Guest Services. Guests who wish to visit The Wonder of Learning exhibit AND the rest of the Museum must purchase admission.

The Portland Children’s Museum newsletter also mentioned that they have partnered with Red Tricycle Portland to feature local giveaways, news, and family fun! Red Tricycle Portland is a great resource for those of you in the Portland, Oregon, area for fun activities to do with your children or grandchildren! Red Tricycle provides Portland parents with five fresh picks a week for fun things to see, eat, and do with your kids in your neighborhood. On the website you can sign up for a free email newsletter.

Red Tricycle also has pages for Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

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2010 LA Auto Show

November 20, 2010

What a rainy day! Grandpa Ron and I are headed over to the 2010 LA Auto Show later today. Photo Gallery here. They have a Kids’ Zone. We will be working the table for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as members of the Committee of 300. Here’s the Committee of 300 facebook page.

Here are the show hours and admission prices. You can print off a $2 discount coupon here.

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LA Summer Camps at La Brea Tar Pits and More!

March 25, 2010

Adventures in Nature! We got a card in the mail announcing this year’s summer camps at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and at the Natural History Museum of LA County. The camps are for students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade. Check Adventures in Nature Summer Day Camp will be offered from July 5, 2010 to August 27, 2010. All classes are full day from 9 am to 3 pm. Registration begins April 1, 2010. To view classes and register please log on to For more information you may also contact the museum at (213) 763-ED4U (3348).

Each of the eight weeks has a single focus topic of exploration!

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits:

Unearthing LA’s Past
July 5-9 at the La Brea Tar Pits
grades 1-6

Tar Pit Science
July 12-17 at the La Brea Tar Pits
grades 1-6

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County:

Bug Bonanza
July 19-23

Life in the Age of Mammals
July 26-30

The Oceans
August 2-6

Hidden Nature
August 9-13

The Dinosaurs
August 16-20

Life in the Age of Mammals
August 23-27

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LA Angels Flight to Reopen

March 12, 2010

Known as the “shortest railway in the world,” the Los Angeles landmark Angels Flight is planned to reopen on April 15th with its runs up and down Bunker Hill. Current plans are that it will still only cost a quarter, but that might change in the future. It had closed following the death of an 83 year old man and injuries to seven others when the brakes failed on one of the cars in 2001. The California Public Utilities Commission has recertified the railway after Angels Flight Railway Company fixed the defects that caused the accident.

Joe Thompson, the Cable Car Guy, has this Angels Flight info on his website. Dace Taube’s Angel Flight page has a 1996 Quicktime movie and several old photographs from 1898-1960. Try this link from LAist of the funicular railway for a Rich Alossi video of test runs last January as noted by Zach Behrens. Check out Mike Ebert’s Virtual Ride from Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996, when it reopened a short distance away from its original site after an almost 27 year absence.

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Exploring Los Angeles

September 15, 2009

Here are some amazing stories of Los Angeles from KCET. One is on the Los Angeles River produced with Friends of the Los Angeles River and the students from the Los Angeles Leadership Academy. Here is one on Eagle Rock produced with students from Occidental College. The one on Watts produced with students from Watts High School. The first one in the series is on Boyle Heights.

Free Art Venues Sponsored By Target

September 2, 2009

The Target Community Webpage gives you the opportunity to enter the city closest to you to list museums and art venues you can visit for free or with discounts thanks to sponsoring from Target. Target gives 5% of its income to communities. Their newspaper ad says that is over $3 million every week.

In the LA area:
Levitt Pavilion at McArthur Park -Target Children’s Night every Sunday through Sept 6 6:30-7:30 pm
LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles – Target Free Holiday Mondays 9/7/09, 10/12/09
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles – Target Free Family Saturdays Days – Second Saturday of the month
CAAM: California African American Museum, Los Angeles – Target Sundays at CAAM – First Sunday of the month
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles – Target Feria de la Familia 9/9/09
Bowers Museum – Target Free First Sundays Every first Sunday through December 10 am-4 pm

Orange County Museum of Art – Target Free Second Sundays Every second Sunday through December 11 am – 4 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra Target Free First Saturdays Every first Saturday through November and December 12 10 am – 5 pm

And several places in major American cities: Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Dallas/Ft Worth, Denver, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Seattle, St. Louis, San Diego, Portland, Phoenix, Orange County, Detroit, Long Beach, Omaha, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, New York, Miami, Salt Lake City, etc. Check it out!

I Can See The Station Fire 60 Miles Away!

August 29, 2009

We have so many forest fires burning around LA right now! It has been very, very hot and extremely dry. Here are two pictures I took at 8:11 pm tonight (Saturday, Aug 29) from our deck. The Station Fire in the Angeles Forest has been burning since last Thursday. It is getting closer and closer to LA. The links give the details. I hope and pray people stay safe. Many people are not evacuating when they are told to. JPL is threatened. Television and radio towers are threatened, too. Some stations are already dark, according to one article I read. The view from the Mount Wilson Observatory webcam is here.

We can see the whole ridge is on fire – and we are 60 miles away! The flames are to the right of the big white building, which is the Long Beach VA Hospital. TVNZ coverage here.

Station Fire From Long Beach 1

Station Fire From Long Beach 1

Station Fire From Long Beach 2

Station Fire From Long Beach 2

Los Angeles from Horseback

August 27, 2009

Another great Sunday newspaper article I also found on line is an Associated Press article by Solange Reyner called Seeing the City of Angels on Horseback. Here are photos of the horses. More info is available at Griffth Park Horse Rentals Trail Rides details and Frequently Asked Questions at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Visiting the Hollywood Sign

June 19, 2009

Yesterday Austin and Mommy, Daddy, Grandpa Ron and I went to view the Hollywood Sign. We went up to the Griffith Observatory. It is a great spot to see it, but it was a bit cloudy so our pictures will need Photoshop help to fix the contrast. We had a great time though. Austi also enjoyed climbing all the steps at the observatory!

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