Solar Eclipse 2017 Viewing
“If you can’t get to the path of totality for the solar eclipse, Griffith Observatory will host a public viewing event for the partial solar eclipse on our front lawn from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Monday, August 21. The Stellar Emporium gift shop will be open (and selling eclipse viewers). The Café at the End of the Universe and the historic level of the Observatory building (home of the Observatory’s coelostat, or solar telescope) will also be open.”
When: August 21st, 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon
Where: Griffith Observatory
Net Zero 2017: Energy + Water + Waste Conference
AHBE is a proud sponsor of the nation’s largest event dedicated to net zero building design. Attendee registration has nearly doubled in each of its first three years, thereby showing the building industry’s increasing interest in a net zero future. Verdical Group, the conference organizer, is projecting the host venue to be at capacity again with 600 attendees for the fourth annual event in August 2017.
When: August 24th
Where: IBEW Net Zero Plus Facility, 6023 Garfield Ave, Commerce, CA 90040
Solar Saturday Mixer!
Join the Theodore Payne Foundation to raise funds to get SOLAR PANELS for their HQ and an air conditioning system for their classroom! Everyone is invited. Sun-themed and icy refreshments will be served! Hear a lively talk, visit the nursery and bookstore, hang out with like-minded TPFers. For admittance, please be sure to pre-register for yourself and your guest. Help the Theodore Payne Foundation meet their challenge grant: California native plants run on solar power and so should we!
When: August 26th, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT
Where: Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley 91352
Nisei Week Japanese Festival
The Nisei Week Japanese Festival has lots of great events to participate in, including Nisei Week Rubik’s Cube Open – JACCC Plaza, 8am, the Golden Circle Dinner – Double Tree by Hilton, 4:30 pm (Dinner), the Coronation event at the Aratani Theatre, 7:00 pm, and the Grand Parade on Sunday, August 20th.
When: August 19th-20th
Where: Various across Little Tokyo.
Rancho Los Alamitos Farm Dinner
Dine amid the corrals, barns and farm animals at Rancho Los Alamitos and enjoy a delightful evening of remarkable food, lively entertainment and good friends. The farm-to-table feast is prepared by Chef Paul Buchanan, voted the Best Chef in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the Long Beach Press Telegram Readers Choice Awards.
When: August 26th, 5-9pm
Where: 6400 E Bixby Hill Rd, Long Beach, CA 90815
Summer Nights at NoHo Plaza
During the month of August, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be in the NoHo Arts District on Saturday nights from 6–9 pm! Stop by NoHo Plaza for art projects connected with LACMA’s collection and exhibitions and enjoy a live DJ set. Also called an exploding book due to its jutting geometric structure, the flower-fold book opens into a dynamic and magical art piece. Inspired by artists who embrace geometry from LACMA’s collection.
When: August 26th, 6-9pm
Where: NoHo Plaza (People St.) between 5223–5225 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 from 6–9 pm.
All photos by Seth Babb
Ralph Cornell was an early Los Angeles landscape architect and plantsman who left a large mark on Southern California’s landscape. I believe he will be the topic of a number of articles in the foreseeable future. But before we get into who he was, let us begin with one of his projects that has endured and is still here today.
Washington Park was an empty lot and natural stream basin that was turned into a sunken garden by Ralph Cornell and horticulturalist Theodore Payne in 1922. The park is characterized by its grade changes which give the landscape a unique enclosed nature that separates the park from the surrounding area.
Expanded in the 1940s under the WPA, Washington Park was redesigned in 2003 with updated amenities, while retaining the historic nature of the park and its surrounding area. The update included the planting to a largely California native palette with the help of the Theodore Payne Foundation.
The update was completed in 2006, and the planting has fared well in some areas, but not so well in others (most noticeably in the native California plant demonstration garden). But Washington Park remains well used, and an experience you won’t find in the other Pasadena parks designed by Ralph Cornell.