2018 Lunar New Year Celebration at Hsi Lai Temple
Join us at Lunar New Year celebration at 佛光山西來寺 Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple at Hacineda Heights on Friday, February 16th. The celebration starts with a morning pilgrimage at 5am at the temple main gate, following by A Homage to Thousand Buddha’s chanting at 10am. The most well-known Chinese traditional cultural performance at 12pm.
When: February 16th, 5:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: 3456 Glenmark Dr, Hacienda Heights, California 91745

Metro Art Presents: The Mudbug Brass Band
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Union Station with The Mudbug Brass Band. Louisiana-rooted but Los Angeles based, the 8-piece New Orleans Jazz band is dedicated to the Second Line tradition, drawing from New Orleans traditional jazz, R&B, funk and Mardi Gras. Hundreds of Second Line parades happen in New Orleans throughout the year, usually on Sunday afternoons, and are held in neighborhoods across the city. Ranging in size, level of organization and traditions, they always include a brass band, joyful dancing in the street and participants decked out in brightly colored suits, sashes, hats and bonnets, parasols and banners, blending the formality of a courtly function and the spontaneous energy of a roving block party.
When: February 13th, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: Union Station

Forest Bathing at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Slow Down. Awaken your senses. Bear witness to yourself and all beings.
Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us.
When: February 17th, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Arthropolooza – the Ultimate Bugfest
As Valentine’s Day approaches, isn’t it time to give some thought about relationships – among insects? On the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18 between noon and 4 p.m. the San Bernardino County Museum will explore love bugs and bad romances during Arthropolooza! The Ultimate Bugfest. Discover the fascinating world of arthropods—insects, arachnids, myriapods, and more. At the same time, activities and presentations will look at love from a whole new perspective: symbiotic relationships. Parasites need love, too!
When: February 17th -18th, 12:00 pm
Where: San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Ln, Redlands, California 92374

After The Fire: Making Our Landscapes More Resilient
Please join Lanny Kaufer and renowned fire ecology expert and author Richard Halsey for a timely workshop on how to create resilient gardens and homes in Southern California as we go forward in the post-Thomas Fire era. We will begin with a morning walk to identify and discuss fire-wise native plants and continue after a lunch break with a slideshow talk based on Richard’s book and his research into the chaparral ecosystem and fire ecology. Hosted by California Chaparral Institute.
When: February 17th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: 180 N Blanche St, Ojai, CA 93023, United States

Secret Japanese Village
There is a Japanese Village in Downtown L.A., a secret world created by fashion designer Peter Lai. Dolls, kimonos, extravagant costumes, antiques, ceramics, lanterns, scrolls, and other objects have been organized into a temple, theater, tea room, and doll shop. Join Field Agent Robert Hemedes as we explore this private collection of Japanese treasures gathered by Lai over the past several decades.
When: February 18, 2018 (3 tour times available, starting from 10 am)
Where: Secret Location! Meet at the Valero Gas Station, 500 S Alameda Street, Los Angeles 90013


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