WAHA E-News 9-10-2008

You're Invited to…WAHA's Newcomers Tea, a Flamenco Dance Evening, WAHA's Living History Tour - and More!

[** Early Bird Deadline for the Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery is September 15! **]



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.


Wednesday, September 10, and Thursday, September 11 7:30 p.m. both nights
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 Washington Blvd. (Mid City)

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents "Rafael Amargo & Compañia de Flamenco in Tiempo Muerto (Time Out)," an authentic dance and music flamenco experience with rhythmic and meticulous footwork, expressive and articulate flamenco guitar, and soulful lyrics written by Rafael Amargo.

WAHA has been offered a special rate of $25.00 per ticket to both WAHA members and friends, for both Wednesday and Thursday evening performances this week. These tickets are normally priced at $40 to $50. Tickets are available at the door -- First come, first served. (Obviously, you must let them know you are with West Adams Heritage Association to get the special price.) A big thanks to Wren Brown, our Lafayette Square neighbor and Ebony Rep's founder, for arranging the discount.

Rafael Amargo was born in 1975, in Granada, Spain. He is an eclectic dancer and choreographer who learned pure flamenco style from his first maestros. But Amargo assimilated other types of dance throughout the years, including lessons learned while attending Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance classes in New York in 1996. Amargo's choreography combines contemporary with traditional flamenco.

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, West Adams Heritage Association (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. Through their firsthand words, visitors will experience the many layers of Southern California history, from the 1850s to the 1980s, at graveside, of some of the individuals buried at the cemetery.

This year's Living History Tour will be held on Saturday, September 27, with docent-led tours departing every 25 minutes from 9 a.m. to noon. The Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery is located at the corner of Washington Blvd. and Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles. The cemetery entrance is on Washington just east of Normandie. Parking is available inside the cemetery.

NEWS FLASH! Now you can pay for your ticket purchase online! (We turned on the service TODAY - be the first on your block to try it out.)

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.


Sunday, October 5
2 to 5 p.m.

The Santa Monica Conservancy's popular Landmarks Bus Tour is back! Ride a modern Big Blue Bus with tour leader Marcello Vavala, architectural historian and Santa Monica Conservancy board member, and discover the history and architectural significance of the city's well-known and lesser-known landmarks. The tour covers all parts of the city and includes architectural gems, cultural landmarks, trees, and signs.

Highlights of the tour include Oscar Neimeyer's modernist Strick House; the iconic Santa Monica Pier, the Art Deco Bay Cities Guaranty Building; Merle Norman's former residence and cosmetics headquarters; Paul Williams' Edwin Building; several John Byers-designed homes; the WPA-era City Hall and modernist Civic Auditorium; the Zephyr Surf Shop, birthplace of extreme skateboarding; and more.

The tour will depart from the parking lot of the Department of Motor Vehicles 2235 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure. Seating is limited to just 48 persons. This event has sold out in the past, so book early.

Reservations will be held at check-in at the DMV, 2235 Colorado Boulevard at Cloverfield beginning at 1:30 PM.

Sorry, no walk-ins or children permitted.


Members: $30 per person

General Public: $35 per person

Members: $45 per person (includes new membership in the Santa Monica Conservancy)

Purchase your tickets online at www.smconservancy.org. If you prefer to pay by check, it may be mailed by Sept. 31 to the Santa Monica Conservancy, P.O. Box 653, Santa Monica 90406; please provide your contact information.

For more information, call (310) 496-3146.


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