For those who decide to venture out of their air-conditioned cocoons this weekend, there are – as usual – many good ways to enjoy the weekend in wonderful mid-town Los Angeles.
On Saturday morning, after a bit of shopping at the Hope Lutheran Church Rummage Sale, head west to Carthay Environmental Studies Magnet School, 6351 W. Olympic Blvd., for two free Water Wise and Home Composting workshops. Starting at 10 a.m. Shilpa Gupta, from the L.A. Department of Water and Power, will present tips for saving water during our extreme drought, while Louisa Cardenas, Master Gardener and Carthay School Garden Master, will provide the composting instruction. Attendees are urged to bring a hat and garden gloves for the outdoor, hands-on event, which is sponsored by a grant from Seeds of Change, Carthay’s source for organic seeds.
After your morning gardening, head over to The Grove for a bit of lunch or more shopping…and toss some spare change into the fountain, with your good wishes for a good cause. This will be the last weekend you can contribute to the Change4Batten campaign, to help fight Batten’s Disease. During the month of August, all change donated to The Grove fountain will benefit the Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation to Cure Batten Disease. For more information, please visit curebatten.org. You can also snap a photo while donating your change to the fountain, and post your pic to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #Change4Batten. The Grove will donate $1 for every post submitted…and you can receive a free Sprinkles cupcake for your good deed (see the Change4Batten link above for terms and conditions).
For a much bigger party, head south to the 10th Annual New Orleans Cultural Festival in Leimert Park, at the intersection of Vernon and Crenshaw Blvds. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, the festival, marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, celebrates the unique culture, heritage, music, and cuisine of New Orleans, featuring second-line dancers, live entertainment, arts and crafts, as well as a variety of Creole, Cajun, Southern, vegetarian, and soul food dishes. The event is a ten-year commemoration and celebration of those who have survived one of the most catastrophic events in United States history. It’s free and open to the public.
Finally, for a more contemplative evening, you could choose the “A Time for Peace” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the serene Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens (PALG), 3500 West Adams Blvd. The Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens is a unique “spiritual day retreat center,” in the heart of urban Los Angeles. Saturday’s concert of improvised healing music will feature world-class performers Tony Selvage on electric violin, Merrill Collins on piano, Alethea Lamb on clarinet, and guest artist Clara Beatriz J-R Jansky on chimes and vocals. For more information, contact Registrar@peacelabyrinth or 323-737-4055. Tickets are $5 and doors open at 7 p.m. (Also, for those unfamiliar with this beautiful venue, Labyrinth and garden tours are available five days a week, along with tours of the facility’s historic, renaissance-style building.)