Sit Back Saturday

Posted on February 27th, 2010 at 3:53 am by Lisa Newton

Pasadena City Hall

You know the drill by now, get your cup of coffee, tea, or beverage by your side, turn off any distracting television, radio, computer, or other thing that will interfere with reading Travelin’ Local’s best of the Web’s articles, blog posts, and news to see what’s happening in LA this weekend.

This week I received an email from a loyal Travelin’ Local reader who was interested in knowing any relevant information about upcoming Los Angeles events so she can plan her schedule.

Based on that email request, I’ll be adding future events as well as those upcoming this weekend. A shout out to Shuly for both the idea and email.

Here are a few of my favorites for this week:

  • Echo Park Clean-up: Sponsored by Councilman Eric Garcetti , this year’s first beautification day is at Echo Park. Meet tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. for refreshments and instructions, followed by 2 hours of clean up.

My favorite park ranger, Ernie Ybarra, will be hosting two hikes in March. If you can make it, I’m sure you’ll have a great time, and a good workout. They are:

  1. The March 6th to Bee Rock: Starting from the Ranger Station to Shane’s Inspiration, to Old Zoo, to trail head up to Bee Rock, on Vista Del Valle, to Bill Eckert Trail, to Old Zoo, to Shane’s, to Ranger Station. This hike is about 5 miles at a moderate level of exertion.
  2. The March 20th Half Marathon: Start from the Ranger Station, to Fern Canyon Trail, to Five Points, to Twin Towers, to Vista Del Valle, to Hog Back Trail, to Mt. Hollywood Summit, to Mt. Hollywood Dr, to Griffith Park Dr, to Wilson Harding Golf Course for lunch, to Shane’s Inspiration, to Ranger Station. This Half Marathon is about 13 miles at an advanced level of exertion.
  • From now until March 2010, 21 newly commissioned works by leading contemporary artists are being presented simultaneously on billboards throughout Los Angeles.
  • How many Billboards?” is organized by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House. From their site they provide a map to the billboards, or if you prefer, they are also offering open air bus tours, plus a whole lot more.
  • Do-Good Dining: On March 3, more than 30 restaurants, mostly in Pasadena, will participate in Dinners from the Heart, with proceeds going to Hathaway-Sycamores, a venerable family-services agency headquartered in Pasadena.

Now that you’ve de-cluttered your life for a short while, read a few good ideas on what to do and where to go, you’ll be better prepared for whatever plans you’ll be making for this weekend, and some future ones.

On that note, I hope everybody enjoys these 2 days of rest and relaxation, and if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, I’d love to hear them. Just drop me a line at lisajnewton [at] gmail [dot] com.

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