Los Angeles Ideas Exchange with Frank Gehry: Join a master of contemporary architecture in one of his most acclaimed projects for a fascinating conversation with Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne about the future of L.A. Ticket options include a pre-event reception and a walking tour of Grand Avenue architectural landmarks led by Hawthorne. The conversation will touch on the design of Walt Disney Concert Hall, the prospects for further development on Bunker Hill, Gehry’s new master plan for all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River and more.
When: August 1, 2016, 7:30pm
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

LAX Dunes Volunteer Day: The LAX El Segundo Dunes Preserve is the largest remaining fragment of the El Segundo Dunes complex, and provides habitat for over 900 species, some of which cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. It is home to the beautiful and delicate federally endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly, and other rare plant, animal, and insect species. Friends of the LAX Dunes will be coordinating a volunteer day out at the LAX Dunes could really use your help and anyone else you could bring along to lend a hand. Closed-toed shoes and jeans/long pants are a must.
When: August 6, 2016; 9am-12pm
Where: The LAX Dunes Preserve

National Night Out: Closer to home, the City of West Hollywood is hosting a show of unity against crime. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the National Night Out, which began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, Sheriff’s-Community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
When: August, 2016; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m
Where: City of West Hollywood

Los Angeles River Nature Walk @ The Frog Spot: Join Frog Spot’s Naturalists on our daily guided tour along the Los Angeles River Bike Path launching from the Frog Spot. This is your chance to start exploring the hidden ecosystem that runs through the heart of Los Angeles and ties us all together.
When: August 6, 2016; 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Frog Spot, 2825 Benedict Street, Los Angeles, 90039

Games of the XXXI Olympiad: Opening in Rio de Janeiro on Friday and run until August 21. 10,500 athletes from 206 countries (technically, National Olympic Committees) will compete in 28 events – including for the first time rugby sevens and golf. Rio 2016 marks a series of firsts: first games in South America, first games to be held in a Portuguese-speaking country, and first games in which the swimmers are advised to keep their mouths closed due to the presence of raw sewage in the facilities. The Rio Olympic Park itself was designed by AECOM. (NB: during the bid process in 2009, Chicago famously lost out to Rio – in fact was knocked out in the first round, before the other shortlisted cities which included Madrid and Tokyo (which is hosting in 2020). Bidding for the Olympics is usually a very competitive process – as can be evidenced in this bid video for the 2008 games in Barstow.)
When: August 5, 2016
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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