Shop 'til you drop for Holiday gifts, and other seasonal fare!
1). WAHA'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY HISTORIC HOMES TOUR & STREET FAIRE, IN ADAMS-NORMANDIE
Sunday, December 2
Noon to 3 p.m.
WAHA is celebrating "A Century of Holidays" in the West Acres Tract (a part of the Adams Normandie neighborhood), at the 21st Annual WAHA Holiday Historic Homes Tour on Sunday, December 2. The tour showcases five festively decorated residences, including a unique American Foursquare landmark, and several Craftsman and Victorian Transitional homes.read more...
A Haunting Good Time for All! Halloween events, plus UNNC Election.
1). WAHA'S FRIGHTFUL HALLOWEEN FEST
Sunday, October 28
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Hear ye, all you little ghosts and goblins! And ghoulish grown-ups. Come one, come all, to the 2007 thoroughly frightful and fabulously fun West Adams Halloween Festival!
Just like last year's event, this year's Halloween Fest will be held in Gramercy Park on the Sunday just before Halloween. There will be fun games to play and sweets to eat, and we'll be grilling up those famous Wa-Hot Dogs. Especially for the kids, we are offering a Funhouse Bouncer with a climbing wall and slide in addition to a bouncing area. We will also have a petting zoo and pony rides, an old-fashioned popcorn machine, a piñata, and a visit from our local, friendly police officers.read more...
Living History Tour deadline for Early Bird Price.
Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Evening Stroll in the Avenues, Felix the Cat, and More.
1). LAST CALL FOR EARLY BIRD TICKETS!
17th Annual Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery Saturday, September 29
(Early Bird Deadline for Lower-Priced Tickets is Saturday, September 15)
A Silent Screen vamp, an early California gold miner, a madcap director of Mary Pickford films, a World War II entertainer, and more -- all come to "life" at WAHA's 17th Annual Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery
If you could meet Mary Pickford's film director, what would you ask him? Or a 19th century female artist, a Temperance-era evangelist, or a silent film vamp? Hear their life stories, and others, at this annual event on Septemberread more...
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery & Western Heights Tours.
Tours of Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, and Western Heights
. SIX BLOCKS OF HISTORY: WESTERN HEIGHTS HOMES TOUR Sunday, September 9 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You're invited to "Six Blocks of History," the Western Heights Neighborhood Association (WHNA) Homes Tour. Stroll through the "streetcar suburb" where up-and-coming young professional families built their homes in the early part of this century. Eight historically significant homes will be open for tour.read more...
Jazz Fest, Cemetery Tour, and more.
Don't Labor, Be Happy - Plus Tours of Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, and Western Heights
1). JAZZ IN THE AVENUES
Sunday, September 2 (Labor Day Weekend)
7:30 - 11 p.m.
Seventh Avenue (between Adams and 25th Street; block is closed to vehicles)
West Adams Avenues invites everyone to the neighborhood's Annual Free "Jazz In the Avenues" event on the Sunday before Labor Day. This is a great community fete with music under the stars headlined by Jazzman Michael King and his Michael King Trio. Plus, back by popular demand is Wendy Ryan, whose salsa rhythms rocked the house last year. Bring your own tables, chairs, and/or blankets to sit on -- plus a packed meal. The Avenues will provide some water, soda, and lemonade; but do also bring your own favorite libations. Questions? Call Donna Jones, 323-734-6473.read more...
L.A. Times July 13, 2007 "Catapulted to New Heights", page B-1 / CHC designation
Los Angels Times staff writer Bob Pool's article, " Catapulted to New Heights", was a big morale boost to preservationists worried about City Hall opposition to the declaration of the FELIX Chevrolet Showroom and Neon Sign as a LA-HCM. The article which was on the cover of the California section and above the fold, included color photographs of a nighttime FELIX neon-sign and the nomination's proponent, Jim Childs, a WAHA member and Chair of A.D.H.O.C.read more...
Preservation hearing, WAHA Newcomers' Dessert. And more!
1). PRESERVATION ALERT: UNION BANK (BANK OF TOKYO) HEARING Wednesday, August 8 11:30 a.m. Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring, Rm. 1020
The City of Los Angeles will be conducting a hearing tomorrow morning, Wednesday, August 8, regarding West Angeles Church's proposed new commercial shopping center at Crenshaw and Jefferson Boulevards. The public is welcome to speak, or to send comment letters to the file. (Address letters to Theodore L. Irving, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The case involves a complicated set of Planning "Alphabet Soup" requests, including a tract subdivision (AA-2007-1846 PMLA), plus a conditional use permit, a variance, and an environmental clearance, all wrapped together in Case No. ZA-2007-1874 (CUB)(ZV)(ZAA)(ZAD).read more...
Based on data from the Zillow real estate service, top business journal rates Pico Union one of 10 fastest growing neighborhoods in big cities in the country.
By Leslie Evans
Evidence of the revitalization of Los Angeles Downtown and the once-depressed communities to its immediate west and south, the March 6 Business Week rates Pico Union one of the 10 fastest appreciating and best buys in the country, with Jefferson Park a close runnerup. The study was conducted by online real estate specialist Zillow.com. The criteria was rapid increase in home price but still below the median price for the metropolitan area. Pico Union, which stands between Downtown and West Adams, has jumped from a fourth quarter 2001 median home price of $129,621 to $516,498 in the fourth quarter of 2006, a 298.47% increase in five years. It is still a bargainread more...
"For those of you who enjoy a little bit of history in housing, West Adams is the place to be."
As part of its coverage of WAHA\'s December 2006 Holiday Tour, Nao Gunji, the assistant editor of the Rafu Shimpu (Japanese Daily News) under the title "Neighborly Preservation" offered a lengthy article in the December 23, 2006, edition discussing the architecture of five homes featured in the tour. For the full text of the Rafu Shimpu article click here.
Karen Salkin says she's glad she went.
"My fabulous hairdresser, Brian 'Shy Guy' Perry, and I, two of the busiest people I know, made time for the 20th Annual Holiday Tour at the beginning of December, and we're both so thankful that we did."
--Karen Salkin, Beveryly Hills People