[Psssst! Before we give you the rundown on this weekend’s events…did you know the Buzz’s free community calendar is now also self-service? If you or your business or organization has an event you’d like to publicize, just go to http:/www.larchmontbuzz.com/calendar and click on “Add Your Event” at the top of the page. Also, if you post a weekend event, we’ll likely include it in this space too, on the weekend when the event occurs. Be sure to check it out…and also check in during the week, for great local events every day.]
First up this weekend, we have a couple of great local retail events. Closest to home, the Larchmont Boulevard Association is sponsoring its spring sidewalk sale, which will be blooming outside many of our Larchmont Boulevard retailers during business hours today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to take a stroll down the street to discover some great bargains.
Second, starting at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Two Dog Organic Nursery, 914 S. Cloverdale Ave., in Miracle Mile, will be holding its big Annual Spring Kickoff Sale and Food Drive. Bring non-perishable food items (please make sure they’re not past their expiration dates!) or a cash donation, and you’ll be rewarded with a 10% discount on all your purchases, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, letucces, flowers, fruit trees and more. The goal is to collect 500 pounds of food and $500 in monetary donations for the Los Angeles Food Bank (the owners will also donate 5% of the day’s profits to the cause). Friends and neighbors are welcome…but please no dogs.
Saturday also promises a bit of much-needed rain, and there are a couple of great ways to have some appropriate rainy day (but dry) fun on Saturday.
First, at 10:30 a.m., as noted above, Movie Club 35mm, which shows 35mm prints of classic movies in great old theaters, will be screening the all-time great Singin’ in the Rain, at the Vista theater, 4473 Sunset Blvd. The movie is a timeless crowd-pleaser, for all ages, and well worth watching on the big screen if you’ve never seen it there (or worth watching again, and again, even if you have). You’ll come out dancing…even if it is still dripping outside.
Second, for the younger set, the Miracle Mile Toy Hall will be hosting a mini indoor rainy day carnival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. You and your little ones can enjoy Giant Games all day (giant checkers, giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, giant dice, giant twister and more), and then the kiddos can “shake the sillies out” in an indoor bounce house. Neighboring Milk Jar Cookies will also provide a pop-up cookie stall at the event…which is free, though RSVPs are requested at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rainy-day-carnival-tickets-43950754891.
Finally, for those in a more serious mood on Saturday, the Guibord Center, a spiritual interfaith organization promoting understanding of various faiths and religions, will host “Mother Religions and Their Offspring: Hinduism and Judaism,” at St. John’s Cathedral, 514 West Adams Blvd., 90007, 2 p.m. on Saturday. This free exploration of two of the world’s oldest faiths will explore the similarities and differences of Hinduism and Judaism – as they pertain to theological and cosmological concepts, scriptures, laws and moral and purity codes. The Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Founder and President of The Guibord Center, will introduce the speakers, who include Dr. Barbara Holdrege, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara; Dr. Rita Sherma, Associate Professor of Dharm Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California; and Dr. Joseph Prabhu, Professor (Emeritus) of Philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles. For more information, contact Yolie Carillo, firstname.lastname@example.org or 323- 333-4664. Registration is required at https://theguibordcenter.org/event/hinduism-judaism/. The event will also be live-streamed through The Guibord Center’s Facebook page and on the Guibord Center website.
Later, as Saturday turns into Sunday, please remember that Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday, so remember to spring forward and set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. You don’t want to miss out on any of Sunday’s happenings by showing up at the wrong time!
As for what is going on on Sunday, there are some great ideas for parents and families.
First, though a bit further west than we usually go, the American Camp Association is sponsoring a Summer Camp Fair at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, featuring representatives and information from 60 different summer camps of potential interest to parents of Los Angeles kids. If you’re looking for some new activities and experiences for your kids this summer, it might be worth checking out. Presenters/vendors include day camps, overnight camps and everything in between. There will also be games, prizes, raffles, animals for the kids to play with, and some delicious food. And it’s all free; no reservations required.
Later, for parents still exploring school choices for next year, one of the area’s newest private/independent schools, TREE Academy, 5555 W. Olympic Blvd., now in its second year, will be holding an open house for prospective parents at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Co-founders Paul Cummins (also the founder of Crossroads and New Roads schools) and Darryl Sollerh (co-founder and current director of TREE) will share their vision for school, which includes both small class and individual college-preparatory instruction for students in 6th through 10th grades (11th grade will be added next year, and 12th the year after that). The school is “designed for high achievers or students feeling disillusioned…those with burning passions as well as for those with alternative learning modes — all looking for a student-centered, project-based, interdisciplinary approach to the creative arts and new technologies.” Current students and parents will also be on hand to share their experiences at the school. If you’re interested in attending, please sign up at the event link above.
For those looking for a fun family activity on Sunday, head over to the Craft and Folk Art Museum, which will be hosting “Tiny Terrariums: A CraftLab Family Workshop,” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Drop in any time during the event to explore the tiny world of terrariums. Participants will use a variety of organic materials, soil and plants to make their own miniature botanical environments, and learn how to maintain and propagate the flora. Admission is $7 for aduits, $5 for children and free for CAFAM members.
And finally on Sunday, if you’re in the mood for great music, head over to the Ebell of Los Angeles for a concert by the Los Angeles Ensemble, which was awarded the first prize at the International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso in London and fourth prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China. Ensemble pianist Sung Chang has been on the concert stage since he was five, and has performed all over the world, including a recent concert at Disney Hall, where he performed Liszt’s Concerto No. 1. Violist Joanna Lee has been playing since the age of six. She performs as both an ensemble player and as a soloist. Tanner Menees, viola, has performed as principal viola under the batons of Yehuda Gilad, Sir Neville Mariner, and Robert Spano. Bingxia Lu, cellist, was the youngest winner ever of the Golden Bell Award Cello Competition in China. Sunday’s program will include Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Mendelssohn Piano Quartet No. 2 in F Minor and Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor. Tickets are $30 for Ebell members and $35 for nonmembers, at the event link above.
Have a great weekend!