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Judson Studios – Mt. Washington

“A work of art is anything supremely well done.” -William Lees Judson

 

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Art lovers of Los Angeles, have you checked out the Judson Studios in Highland Park? Judson Studios is a family run stained-glass art studio that has been in Los Angeles since the end of the 19th century. Check out Judson Studios near Mt. Washington in Southern California for tours and education about the stained-glass process.

The new location of the studio is at 200 S. Avenue 66, Los Angeles, California, 90042 in the Highland Park neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles (in the Garvanza section). The founder William Lees Judson from England started the Judson Studios in 1895 with his sons. At that time, the studio worked under its first name: Colonial Art Glass Co. Judson produced glass for architect Frank Lloyd Wright and eventually founded the Los Angeles College of Fine Arts.

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Today, Judson Studios is made up of two separate locations. The location in South Pasadena specializes in fused and kiln formed glass designs, while the second location is open for tours at 143 Pasadena Ave, South Pasadena, California.

Judson Studios specializes in customized stain glass projects for any venue or location. The studio has produced beautiful glass for both public and private buildings, and the professional team is capable of producing glass for projects of all sizes. The team also takes on restoration and repair projects, including reinstallation of glass.

In addition to crafting some of the most beautiful stained-glass projects in the world, the team at Judson Studios completes every step of the stained-glass process, from design and concept all the way to glass installation. Judson glass is beautiful, breathtaking, and lasting.

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Artists at the Judson Studios are familiar with various styles of glass, and the studio produces both traditional projects as well as contemporary and cutting-edge projects. The artists there experiment with mixing both traditional techniques, contemporary styles, and the latest technologies to produce custom and unique glass designs. Judson Studios works to make designs and dreams a reality in gorgeous, colored glass.

Monthly public tours are available. The studios, which also hosts art exhibitions and artists-in-residence, is two-thousand square feet. The studio space includes a cutting room and a subterranean glazing room for glass work.

“Only the best is worthwhile” -Williams Lees Judson

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Since June of last year, the South Pasadena location has been open for tours. This studio is larger at five-thousand square feet. The space also includes kilns for innovative glass projects. David Judson is still the president of Judson Studios and the great-great-grandson of the original founder.

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Mt. Washington in Northeast Los Angeles is known for its steep hills and contemporary architecture. It is located a short half an hour from the Los Angeles Airport as well as from the famous Santa Monica Pier. In Mt. Washington, visitors and locals enjoy being in close proximity to the Self-Realization Fellowship, downtown Los Angeles, Eldred Street, and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Other nearby destinations include Hollywood, Moon Canyon Park, and the Carlin G. Smith Recreational Center.

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Honeywood Mt. Washington

Transport yourself into the Wild West with an outfit, accessories, and home décor from Honeywood, a beautifully and expertly curated boutique in Highland Park on York Boulevard. Walking into this boutique nearby Mt. Washington you’ll feel like you’ve stepped through time and have been immersed into an episode of Westworld.

If you love fashion, vintage décor, flea markets, antiquing, and/or all of the above, you will love visiting Honeywood. The shop carries clothing for both women and men. Shop owner, designer, and curator Vanessa Dingwell features some of her own clothing designs at the store. You’ll primarily find a bohemian, vintage style celebrating past decades, like the 1960s through the 1970s. Some pieces are designed in the Victorian style, and most pieces are one-hundred-percent authentic and handmade. The embroidered pieces are particularly impressive and beautiful.

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“…the storefront’s surreal hand-painted mural is an invitation to shop in a magical vintage fairy tale, think Frida Kahlo meets Gram Parsons in the desert of the Joshua Tree…”

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-Vanessa Dingwell, https://honeywoodvintage.com/

The mural described above by the shop owner was designed and painted by the artist Chuy Vasquez. It features a Native American on riding a horse through a desert landscape. Beautiful butterflies and flowers frame the front of the doorway and the mural marks the opening of the store in 2006. In the photo above, Dingwell and her boyfriend Charlie Overbey are dressed in the bohemian and ethnic fashions (i.e. Mexican and European wardrobe, jewelry, and objects for the home) curated in the store.

Browse the online store to view the types of items offered and curated by Dingwell, including dresses, handbags, bracelets, ponchos, cowboy hats, earrings, shirts, skirts, antique bags, halter tops, hawk hats, smock and maxi dresses, and folk vests. Whatever you choose, you’ll go home with a one-of-a-kind look. Additionally, you’ll find items for your home, like rugs, blankets, and bedspreads. The Dude Shop is a section of the boutique that is curated by Overbey (a musician by trade); he collects boots, magazines, jackets, t-shirts, and more. Remember to check Honeywood’s blog for featured sales, news, and information.

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Mt. Washington is a Northeastern neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles. Robert Marsh built a hotel in the hills in 1909 near the ostrich farms, rivers, and mountains. Mt. Washington is located near Downtown Los Angeles, Devil’s Gate, and the Arroyo Seco River. Visitors in Mt. Washington may visit the Self-Realization Fellowship, walk up some of the steepest steps in the city at Eldred Street, go on a water adventure at the Los Angeles River Kayak Safari, and visit the Chandelier Tree.

Other destinations near Mt. Washington include:

-Heritage Square Museum

-Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

-Los Angeles’ Southwest Museum

-Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center

-Moon Canyon Park

-Carroll Ave

-Echo Park Lake

-Designs by architect John Lautner

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Heritage Square Museum – Mt. Washington

Architecture lovers, history buffs, design students, and those visiting Los Angeles would all find something to explore at the Heritage Square Museum near Mt. Washington. A museum ticket includes a guided tour of the historic homes moved to Heritage Square from different corners of the city of Los Angeles, beginning with the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument Program in 1961.

The homes at the museum are quite different from the modern architecture in other areas of Mt. Washington. In Montecito Heights, the homes at Heritage Square are examples of the Victorian architecture that was popular in Los Angeles in the 19th century and the early 20th century.

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For example, the Hale House (see picture below) was restored, including the original paint colors and interiors. George W. Morgan built the home in 1887, and it was originally located at 3800 Homer Street.

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The other homes at the Heritage Square include the Perry Mansion, which was designed by E.F. Kysor for William Hayes Perry. The Victorian Italianate home is known for the elegant stairway and the Corinthian columns. It was originally located in Boyle Heights.

An artefact from 1876, the Palms Depot brought visitors and newcomers to California via the Southern Pacific. Today, it is the museum store and visitor center.

It may sound unusual to us now, but houses with eight sides were once quite popular. The Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House (see picture below) is an example of the style. Some argued that octagon houses allowed more light and air into homes. The house was built in 1893 on San Pasqual Street for Gilbert Longfellow who was a farm owner.

Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House

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The gorgeous wood carvings at the Ford House (see picture below), built in 1887, are a sight to behold. The French Mansard roof on the Valley Knudsen House (see last photo below) exemplifies the unique architecture of the west. You’ll also be able to visit the Carriage Barn and the Lincoln Ave Church on site. A new addition to the museum is the Colonial Drug building. George A. Simmons’ family donated original pieces from his drug store, which were used in the museum’s recreation of the space.

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At the Heritage Square Museum, visitors enjoy performances, programming, weddings, parties, and learning about the history of architecture and life in Los Angeles. Heritage Square participates in the event Museums of Arroyo Day, alongside the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum and the Pasadena Museum of History.

Valley Knudsen House

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Other famous homes to see in Los Angeles include the Lummis House, the Greek Revival Nickel-Leong Mansion, and the Gamble House. Mt. Washington is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, and it is located in the Northeast region. Founded in 1909, it sits within the San Rafael Hills. Eldred Street and the Southwest Museum are historic and famous sites in Mt. Washington. While in Los Angeles, also be sure to visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum, the Time Travel Mart, and the Audubon Center.

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop – Mt. Washington

Going to Bevmo is a treat, but no other beverage store in Los Angeles has as much character and history as Galco’s Soda Pop Stop. Located at 5702 York Blvd near Mt. Washington, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop was once a grocery store specializing in Italian food and sandwiches. Today, the store still contains and runs its deli and serves Blockbuster sandwiches.

Growing up, John F. Nese’s family herded goats in Chavez Ravine before having to move from the construction of Dodger Stadium. Nese became passionate about soda when he learned about the soda making process while visiting the soda bottling factory of a family friend in the 50s.

Later, while running Galco’s Old World Grocery — which offered unique Italian goods to the community — Nese experienced being locked out of soda distribution chains by larger retailers. When Pepsi offered prices Nese could not afford, he decided to start carrying smaller soda brands. What once started out as a soda endeavor involving 25 brands grew into the Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, which today carries more than 400 soda flavors.

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Many customers are initially stressed when facing the task of picking out just a few of Galco’s wide inventory of sodas. The possibilities are endless. However, once acquainted with the store, the great thing about Galco’s is that you have a choice between your favorite flavors, unique and wild flavors, and international brands. Just to name a few flavors, believe it or not, Galco’s offers butterscotch, birch, chocolate, cucumber, dandelion, caramel, honey, guava, lavender, mint julep, passionfruit, mandarin, mango, peach, rhubarb, rose, strawberry, tamarind, pineapple, vanilla, and more.

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Types of sodas on the shelves include coffee, egg cream, brews, sarsaparillas, ginger soda, diet sodas, kosher sodas, root beers, and non-carbonated sodas. If you can’t choose a soda, you can let loose on the Soda Creation Station. Customers mix creations into bottles from an assortment of 100 cane sugar syrups, which are mixed with carbonated water. You can also shop online, but note that the minimum order is 6 sodas.

Galco’s does soda in a big way, but it isn’t the only product or opportunity that the store has to offer. In addition to soda, the store houses 600 forms of beer within 10 cold cases. Besides the craft beer from around the country and the world, Nese stocks his shelves with options for everyone, like champagne, cider, mead, sake, wine, and artisanal waters.

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If you stop in to Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, be sure to check out the retro and vintage candy and toys. Show your family and friends the products you grew up loving, or find something new to take home.

About Mt. Washington: Mt. Washington is located in the San Rafael Hills in the Northeast region of the city of Los Angeles and was founded in 1909. It is known as home to Eldred Street (one of the steepest streets in the nation), the Southwest Museum, and the Headquarters of the Self-Realization Fellowship.

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Chicken Boy Shop & Future Studio Gallery

Art lovers, prepare yourselves. If you haven’t heard of Future Studio Gallery, then you are in for a treat. Located at 5558 N Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042, in Highland Park, this art venue features contemporary art by local artists. Future Studio Gallery is open between 7 and 10 pm during the North East Los Angeles Second Saturday Gallery Nights, or you can make an appointment to view the gallery.

The gallery features different types of media, including paintings, photography, sculptures, performance art, and more. You can check the gallery’s website to review their recent and past archives of art shows. For example, the most recent post on the website describes the work of artist Nishio Ruby who creates beautiful quilts. In the archives, you will find detailed descriptions about each artist and their artwork. Sometimes the artists’ smaller pieces are available for cash and carry purchases.

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Future Studio Gallery is located on the Historic Route 66. At the top of the gallery stands a statue of a chicken man, known as Chicken Boy (also known as “the statue of liberty of Los Angeles”). The Chicken Boy Shop is inside the Future Studio Gallery and it features unique gifts and exclusive Chicken Boy collectibles. Surely, there’s no way you can miss Chicken Boy on the top of the building. You can access the shop when the gallery is open for viewings.

In the shop, you’ll find curated and one-of-a-kind souvenirs for lovers of Los Angeles, Route 66, Chicken Boy, and popular culture. Chicken Boy’s image is displayed on baby onesies, jigsaw puzzles, mugs, postcards, socks, sock chickens, purses, lapel pins, luggage tags, and more, which are for sale in the shop. There’s even a copy of Chicken Boy the Movie.

The California-specific souvenirs are quite impressive. You can find a flag of Highland Park and postcards printed with the flag of California and the flag of Los Angeles. An “I Love You, California” postcard pairs the text with the image of a bear. If you aren’t looking for postcards, you can choose between embroidered patches and a wide variety of greeting cards featuring Arroyo Seco Parkway, Civic Center L.A., Figueroa Street Tunnels, LAX, and the Colorado Street Bridge.

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Californians or fans of the state will fall in love with earrings that are miniature maps of downtown Los Angeles and a silver necklace with a pendant that is a metal outline of the state of California. A handmade orange showcases Californian pride and a “I Love Highland Park” bumper sticker makes a great gift for those who live there or who love visiting.

You can also purchase books, prints, DVDs, cards, and other items related to the art on display at Future Studio Gallery.

Highland Park is northeast of downtown L.A. and offers shopping, creative dining, and entertainment. Other locations to visit in Highland Park include the Highland Park Farmers’ Market, Lummis House Heritage Square, The Artsy Flea, and the Taproom at Eagle Rock Brewery.

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Avenue 50 Studio – Mt. Washington

Are you a creative and imaginative artist, poet, and/or musician? Or are you passionate about viewing and discussing artwork that raises awareness about social justice? You need to check out Avenue 50 Studio near Mt Washington, a nonprofit art gallery where the community comes together to experience multicultural art exhibits, lectures, spoken word, and music.

Avenue 50 Studio was originally founded in 2000 and it was an art gallery. Today, Avenue 50 Studio is a nonprofit “arts presentation organization” and a platform for emerging artists and creative thinkers to share their work, engage with the community, and raise awareness for social issues. The gallery focuses on Chicana/o and Latino/a artists, writers, and musicians to give a platform for the work of historically marginalized groups. Avenue 50 Studio attracts work and creators who strive to effect change, take risks, and make public statements.

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Mixtures of medias are featured at in the art spaces at the organization. Artists who work in both traditional media and non-traditional media are brought into the spotlight. You can check the organization’s website to get information on upcoming exhibits, past exhibits, and the ongoing programs and projects being held. For example, Avenue 50 Studio recently held the exhibit Adopt an Art Piece. Visitors had the opportunity to purchase the “orphan” art pieces.

Past exhibits are great examples of how Avenue 50 Studio challenges the traditional boundaries of art by creating space for non-traditional media and marginalized artists. The Spiritual Medicines exhibit, created with UCLA’s Latin and American Institute, showcased artwork that explores different types of spirituality and human needs. Artists and writers published in Words Uncaged Arts & Literary Journal from the California State Prison in Lancaster were featured in the WordsUncaged exhibit. The exhibit design included photographs of both prisoners and their families. These spaces give the public the chance to learn about these manualized groups, to discuss how to effect change, and to spread awareness. The recent Call to Artists at the gallery for Crossing Boundaries: Engendering LGBTQ Identities (opening this June during Pride Month) is an excellent example.

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This nonprofit offers a community space, two art gallery spaces, and studios for resident artists. Events like readings are held on a regular basis in addition to the presentation of art and mixed media like the Atomix Avis exhibition, featuring jazz-inspired artwork by Hembert Guardado and bird-inspired artwork by Ana Chaidez. Avenue 50 Studio showcases and celebrates the diversity of Los Angeles through these art exhibits, lectures, concerts, and readings.

Since 1909, Mt. Washington is located in the San Rafael Hills in northeast Los Angeles. Popular destinations in Mt. Washington include the Southwest Museum, the Mount Washington Hotel Self Realization Fellowship International Headquarters, and Eldred Street. The Golden State Freeway, the Glendale Freeway, and the Pasadena Freeway are easily accessible from Mt. Washington. Public transportation like the Metro Gold Line is also available.

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The Audubon Center at Debs Park

Los Angeles is home to unique ecosystems as well as a long tradition of public parklands and environmental conservation. In this post, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of one of the city’s most inventive ecological resources, the Audubon Center at Debs Park.

The Center first opened in 2003, designed as a conservation and environmental education center that would allow Los Angeles residents to visit and learn about local wildlife in their natural habitat.

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The Center is situated in Debs Park, the fourth largest public park in the city of Los Angeles. A rolling swath of grasslands northeast of downtown Los Angeles, most of the park’s sprawling acreage is covered in walnut-oak woodland and coastal sage scrub – the same flora that filled the Los Angeles Basin before it became a metropolis. The area has become a haven for birds, and over 140 separate species have been recorded in the park’s environs – the park’s shaded trails are filled with birdsong.

The Center at Debs Park is operated by Audubon California, a state-level field program of the National Audubon Society. Part of the Society’s mission is to engage young people, as well as to cultivate diverse audiences in the Los Angeles area. Designed to serve as a recreation and education venue, the Center is a unique community gathering spot and dynamic focal point for outdoor activity, hands-on environmental learning, and wildlife conservation.

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The Center’s mission is to teach the public about the unique value of nature, inspiring visitors to understand and care for the natural world by allowing them to encounter it firsthand. Community and education programs at Debs Park are engineered to engage children and their families with the outdoor world, giving them a personal stake in safeguarding the environment by showing them how environmental concerns are relevant to their own lives.

Looking for kid-friendly sites for local excursions? Visit the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena!

The Audubon Center includes extensive displays about California’s extraordinary bird species, from the scurrying quail to the soaring condor. Visitors can see their feathered neighbors outdoors on monthly all-ages bird walks. Many of the Center’s activities are geared towards introducing visitors to surrounding Debs Park, and the Center’s crowded social calendar also includes guided hikes, community science projects, art classes, musical performances, film screenings, yoga, tai chi, and seasonal celebrations. Most programs are free of charge and open to the public. The park itself is mostly dog-friendly, with facilities for fishing and picnics.

The Center’s ecological mission extends to design – the Audubon Center was the first LEED platinum certified building in the country, and one of the very first carbon-neutral buildings constructed in the United States. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program developed to encourage architects, owners, builders, and communities to plan and construct energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly buildings. LEED is the most widely-used verification system of its kind, and it has become the “green standard” for ecological building innovation.

LEED certification is designed to work for all buildings of all shapes and sizes, from single-family homes to skyscrapers, and the rating system is intended to address many different aspects of environmentally-conscious design: water and energy savings, efficient use of space, renewable materials, and reduced emissions. The Audubon Center at Debs Park holds the highest possible rating, an accolade that reflects everything from its innovative architecture to its ecological advocacy.

A big component of LEED rating is strategic use of space – renewable materials and energy efficient technology can take you a long way, but cutting down on waste also means making sure that every building becomes a durable resource. The Center’s “platinum” certification is also based on its commitment to providing a multi-use public space to members of the community. Not content to rest on its laurels, the Center holds free public seminars on LEED certification and design, so that local home and business owners can learn how to make these improvements themselves.

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The Audubon Center works hard to be kid-friendly as well as environment-friendly, and a big part of its community engagement comes from local school field trips, since Debs Park is preserved as a natural space but maintained as an accessible local parkland. There’s an extensive play and exploration area located just behind the Center buildings with plenty of activities for kids, as well as a short Butterfly Trail perfect for younger hikers. The Center leads group nature walks from the center, and visitors can ask about upcoming hikes at the information desk. If you’d like to take a family or solo hike, docents at the center offer maps and route recommendations for all ages, and the Audubon Center offers backpacks and binoculars on loan for free to park visitors!

Interested in more opportunities for hiking? Check out Eaton Canyon in South Pasadena!

Visit the Debs Park Audubon Center to learn about local wildlife, and then take a stroll around the trails outside to see California’s extraordinary native birds in their natural surroundings!

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Mt. Washington Recreation Activities

Are you living in or visiting Mt. Washington in Los Angeles this summer? Take a look at some recreational activities you add to your list this season! Whether you’re looking for food, culture, nightlife, or the outdoors, there’s something for everyone.

L.A.’s Southwest Museum

Make your day cultural and visit the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. This museum has been around since Charles Fletcher Lummis (an anthropologist) started the Southwest Society and Joseph Scott funded the museum. Originally, the museum was opened in Downtown Los Angeles. The collection features art and artifacts of the Native Americans, of the Spanish Colonial period, and of the Western American genre.

The museum has been in Mt. Washington since 1914 and is run by the Autry National Center. The Southwest Museum is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and stands at 234 Museum Dr, Mt Washington, Los Angeles. To get there, take the Metro Gold Line to the Southwest Museum Station.

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Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center

Located in East Los Angeles, the Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center is a great resource for people living in the community and/or visiting. Located at 511 W. Ave. 46, Los Angeles CA 90065, this recreation center offers a children’s play area, a community room, barbeque pits, basketball courts, and an auditorium.

To learn more, check out the recreation center’s online activity guide for classes, afterschool programs, and other events. Parent’s Night Out happens every second Friday of the month and only costs $10. At this event, children have dinner and do activities while parents have date night. Other available activities include self-defense classes, music lessons, and afterschool programs.

Heidelberg Park

Feeling restless? Take a stroll in the park. Heidelberg Park, at San Rafael Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065, is overseen by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The beautiful landscape features a community succulent garden and examples of the California Walnut Woodland. The steep slopes of the mountains still foster black walnut trees.

Moon Canyon Park

For another option for a stroll in the park, head over to Moon Canyon Park. Located at 300 San Rafael Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065, this park is the perfect place to find a playground, have a picnic, and explore some walking trails.

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Verdugo Bar

Looking for a night out this weekend? Drop by Verdugo Bar at 3408 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles CA, 90065. It’s open Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 2 am, and on Saturday to Sunday from 3 pm to 2 am. This craft beer bar is in Glassell Park and offers game nights on the patio, music nights with DJs and themed music, and trivia nights. Enjoy the full bar, the food trucks, and the “To-Go” bottle menu.

LA River Kayak Safari

Do something new this summer and take a trip with the LA River Kayak Safari. Take a short drive to the Elysian Valley from Mt. Washington for this activity. The guides and instructors at LA River Kayak Safari take groups on a trip down the Los Angeles River. This urban river is filled with drinking quality water and is protected by the Clean Water Act. The company offers one easy trip and one other option that is more challenging. There are lazy river sections, as well as Class II rapids. This is a great activity for those looking to learn how to paddle.

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Eldred Street in Mt. Washington: the Steepest Street in L.A.

At Real Estate Unlimited, we’ve decided to explore Eldred Street in Mount Washington to learn more about this legendary slope.

Built in 1912, and named after Delos W. Eldred, Eldred Street in Mount Washington is one of the steepest streets in the world. Eldred Street has a 33% grade and rises 219 feet in elevation. This long slope was made into a street before Los Angeles limited streets to 15% grade or below in the 1950s. That’s actually less than half of the grade of Eldred Street!

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Because of these limitations, a street this steep will never be built in L.A. again. According to Tom of the YouTube show Tom Explores Los Angeles, Eldred Street is the steepest drivable street in California. It’s even steeper than any street in San Francisco! Even Fargo Street in Echo Park in Los Angeles does not have as steep of a grade as that of Eldred Street.

Mount Washington, a neighborhood in the northeast region of Los Angeles and the San Rafael Hills, is bordered by downtown L.A., Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Highland Park, and Cypress Park. It was founded in 1909 and is surrounded by Mt. Washington, Mount Baldy, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

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This steep slope runs between Avenue 50 and Cross Avenue. Many urban legends about scared motorists and runaway cars are associated with this famous road. In fact, Eldred Street dead ends, which means you have to go up and come back down the slope, whether you’re prepared to do so or not! Luckily, locals are known to help scared tourists make the drive back down. Tourists often panic at the top of the street because they cannot see much farther than the front of their cars when traveling down.

Surprisingly enough, only special trash trucks can make their rounds on Eldred Street. These trucks are smaller than the normal ones, to avoid the risk of flipping over. Many trucks get stuck when trying to turn out of Eldred Street. Eldred Street is notorious for confusing visitors following their GPS, people trying to make deliveries, and the postal service. In fact, mailmen no longer make delivers on Eldred Street; instead, there’s a group mailbox at the bottom of the street.

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At the dead end of Eldred Street, you’ll find a set of wooden stairs that will lead you to Cross Avenue. Watch Tom Explores Los Angeles to find out more about this famous street. To find out more about Mount Washington, read more about the neighborhood by visiting Self-Realization Fellowship in Mt. Washington and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian.  

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Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection in Mt. Washington

Looking for an activity or a new place to explore this Spring? Don’t underestimate local art and culture. The Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection (located at 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, California) is a National Treasure. This historic building houses an archaeological exhibit that can be viewed by visitors on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. This location is the Mt. Washington Campus of the Autry in Griffith Park. The exhibit also includes a basket collection and information on ongoing excavations; the majority of the collection features Native American artifacts and art.

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You can also plan a visit this Spring to The Autry Museum of the American West. Recent renovations to the visitors space will be open starting October 2016.

The museums feature art, historic items, and artifacts of the American West, Native American culture, and Latino culture. The spaces also host lectures, festivals, family programming, and theater. Don’t forget about the archive or the library as well!

The museum was started by the Southwest Society of the Archaeological Institute of America back in 1907. The project was funded by Joseph Scott and was originally opened in Downtown Los Angeles. Since January of last year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the Southwest Museum of the American Indian as a National Treasure.

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The Autry was voted “Favorite Museum” by readers of the Los Angeles Daily News in 2014 and 2015. The museum offers guided tours (included with admission) of the collections on the weekends.

Don’t forget about opportunities for celebrations, educational activities, and community events at the museum this Spring and Summer. You can attend the Western Music Association Showcase with the whole family on the third Sunday of every month. Also, remember to check out They Don’t Talk Back while it’s still here (until March 20th), a play presented by Narrative Voices at the Wells Fargo Theater. This story, directed by Randy Reinholz, tells the coming-of-age narrative of a boy who goes to live in Alaska with his grandparents of the Tlingit tribe.

If you’d like to visit the collections, remember these are available to you:

-Kaufman Collection

-Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery

-Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

-Art of the West

-California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection

-Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction

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