Saturday dawns this week, as it often does, with a big estate sale in the neighborhood, this one at 413 N. Mansfield Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. If the address sounds familiar, it’s because this is apparently a continuation of a sale we posted last week, which has now been re-stocked from storage…and with most items marked down 50% from their original prices. As noted last week, the organizers say the house is “full of fabulous finds from years of collecting by an original Hollywood family.” Items include “vintage Asian collectables, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, Satsuma, many vintage soapstone carvings, rosewood, Cinnabar, Cloisonné vases and objects de art in marble and alabaster.” Also: Asian vintage furniture and Chinese silk rugs, cut glass and old crystal, silver plate, vintage French and Italian ceramics including Limoges, Capodimonte, Wedgwood, Spode, and Noritake, vintage oil paintings and artworks, Catholic collectibles, Lyon and Healy baby grand piano, large vintage bar, oriental rugs, books, CDs, VHS tapes, records…and many more.
Later, starting at 10 a.m., the Miracle Mile Residential Association will be holding its Annual Meeting and Town Hall at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. (at Dunsmuir Ave.) City Councilmember David Ryu will be the keynote speaker and representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Traffic Division are also scheduled to address traffic and enforcement problems in the area. MMRA President James O’Sullivan will moderate the meeting and offer an overview on current and future issues affecting the neighborhood. The speakers will be followed by a town-hall-style session where Miracle Mile community members can raise issues or ask questions.
Meanwhile, starting at 11 a.m., Larchmont Charter School celebrates community of another kind at its 9th Annual Larchmont Charter World’s Fair. Billed as “a true celebration of the diverse cultures at Larchmont Charter School,” the event will take place at Larchmont Charter’s primary school campus, located on the corner of Waring and Vine just north of Melrose. More than 15 countries will be represented at booths displaying native foods, drinks, activities and entertainment. There will also be games, prizes, a bouncy slide, photo booth, DJ, cultural entertainment and yummy home-cooked food and crafts…as well as special cultural performances including Mariachi Teocuitalan, Taiko Project, Nani Kai Dancers and the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Community members are welcome and invited.
Saturday is also the second day for the John C. Fremont Library’s monthly book sale, which runs from 12 to 4 p.m. on Friday and 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at 6121 Melrose Ave. (at June St.). The holiday season is rapidly approaching, so this is a great chance to pick up some great presents – books, DVDs, CDs, and more. Most books are priced from $.10 to $1, and all proceeds benefit the Library.
Later, as the sun starts to set, there are two local outdoor movie nights this week.
First, with doors opening at 5 p.m. at Pan Pacific Park, StreetFoodCinema will hold one of its frequent food, music and film nights, featuring a 15th anniversary screening of the Reese Witherspoon cult classic, “Legally Blonde.” Before the movie starts at 8 p.m., DJ Ivy will provide music, and a convoy of food trucks – including BrewWings, The Green Truck, The Lobos Truck, Prime Time Cuisine, Riceballs of Fire, Sweet Amsterdam & more – will provide tasty bites. For ticket prices and other information, see the link above.
Even more local, the Brookside neighborhood is also holding a picnic and outdoor movie night on Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Park (on Olympic, between Mullen and Muirfield). Bring your own food (a grill will be set up), and the neighbors will begin projecting around 6:15 p.m. The program will feature old cartoons, comedy shorts from the 1920s and ’30s, and then a couple of feature-length silent comedies. Don’t forget to bring blankets and dress warmly!
Sunday events are fairly light this weekend, but our own local Larchmont Farmers’ Market returns after taking a week off for last week’s Larchmont Family Fair. This is also a good week to venture south a bit and explore the weekly Wellington Square Farmer’s market (4394 W. Washington Blvd., 2 blocks west of Crenshaw), which this week features its new monthly French Vintage Arts and Crafts Flea Market. Another great opportunity to get a jump on your holiday gift buying…while also picking up some fresh produce and enjoying tasty treats from the Three Wheel Coffee cafe, or bakery items from L.A. Bakery. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Later, in a more creative vein, you could head over to LACMA, for its Andell Family Sundays, “Famously Printed in L.A.” Starting at 12:30 p.m. on the Zev Yaroslavsky Plaza, this weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection. This week, participants will tour a current print exhibition and learn several simple print-making techniques in a hands-on workshop. And while you’re there, don’t forget to visit Chris Burden’s kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, which features more than a thousand miniature cars in action every Sunday at 10:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Looks like it’s going to be a lovely fall weekend – have a great one!