WAHA E-News 9-4-08

Opa! Celebrate West Adams at a Greek Festival, a Neighborhood Cafe Opening, and WAHA's Own Newcomer's Tea.
** Plus Early Bird Deadline for the Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery**



Saturday, September 13
4 - 6 p.m.
2309 West 23rd Street, in Kinney Heights

WAHA members and friends are all invited to a "Newcomers Tea" on Saturday, September 13, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Kwesi and Jennifer Akai's lovely home and garden at 2309 West 23rd Street, in Kinney Heights. Kwesi has quite a green thumb! He proudly was a winner of WAHA's Garden Contest last year, and invites everyone to stop by to see his handiwork, and partake of some sweets and savories.

Existing members are encouraged to bring a dessert to share. Newcomers, those who have been members of WAHA for less than two years, are invited as WAHA's guests. Beverages will be provided. This will also be a kid-friendly event.

So please come and meet your new neighbors, and let them meet you. We look forward to seeing you there. If you want to lend a helping hand with set-up or clean-up, please contact WAHA's Membership Director, Candy Wynne, candywynne@yahoo.com.


Saturday, September 6
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
4053 West Washington Blvd., in Arlington Heights

You may have noticed that the Eureka Cafe has "softly" reopened for business, serving breakfast and lunch. The "real" grand opening celebration is this Saturday, and we are all invited to support this neighborhood café.


Friday through Sunday, September 5-7
Times vary
1324 South Normandie (at Pico in the Byzantine Latino Quarter)

Because there is a little Zorba in each of us…. Greek music, Greek food, Greek dancing, theatrical presentation, salsa band, kid's arcade, dance workshops, cooking demonstrations and more! All on the grounds of St. Sophia Cathedral, quite possibly Los Angeles's most grand and glorious religious structure (yes, it will be open for tours.)

September 5 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
September 6 1 p.m. - 11 p.m.
September 7 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday, free to all. Saturday and Sunday: adults $5, kids under 12 free.

Visit www.lagreekfest.com for more information.


Saturday, September 6
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vision Theatre, 3341 W. 43rd Place (in Leimert Park Village)

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning is sponsoring a Workshop and Open House regarding the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert New Community Plan. (Generally speaking, this community plan area is south of Pico Boulevard, and west of Arlington, in the Historic West Adams area.) This Workshop and Open House will provide community stakeholders with the opportunity to review and offer "valuable feedback" relative to the land use recommendations being developed in response to the "issues and opportunities" identified through previous outreach efforts.

Let's see if our ideas were heard in the first round of "valuable feedback"! All are encouraged to attend this event at any convenient time between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For further information, or clarification as to boundaries, contact Reuben Caldwell, reuben.caldwell@lacity.org.


Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) is seeking enthusiastic, reliable, committed (and EXPERIENCED) volunteers and interns to be apart of ERT's historic inaugural season. If you have a working knowledge of theatrical tasks (such as lighting, wardrobe, production, press/marketing) and would like to volunteer, please e-mail info@ebonyrep.org.

The mission of Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) is to create, develop, nurture, and sustain a world-class professional theatre, rooted in the experience of the African Diaspora and shaped by a dynamic perspective that incorporates an understanding of, and respect for, the unique African-American journey to freedom.

* To provide a permanent home for artists of color that enable those artists to explore, experience and present a wide-ranging variety of dramatic programs that reflect the significant canon of African-American literary, artistic and cultural achievements.

* To provide a nurturing environment and working laboratory for these artistic collaborators and seek to build and expand a multicultural audience that contributes to the cultural understanding among people of diverse backgrounds.

* To be recognized as an innovative theatre for the exploration of the African American experience and its connection to and impact upon other cultural groups and institutions.

Ebony Repertory Theatre is located at 4718 W. Washington Blvd., at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Learn more at www.ebonyrep.org or call 323-964-9768.


Saturday, September 27
(Early Bird Deadline for Lower-Priced Tickets is September 15)

The Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, one of the city's oldest, most historically significant cemeteries, was founded in 1884, and is now home to many generations of Los Angeles's early citizens, representing every race, faith, and creed. Every year, WAHA focuses on some of their life stories by presenting a Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, featuring actor portrayals, graveside, of some of the individuals buried at the cemetery.

We've got some great stories to tell this year - hope you are there to hear them! More information: 323-732-4223, tours@westadamsheritage.org, or visit www.WestAdamsHeritage.org.


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