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Southwest Museum

Explore the culture and the history of Mt. Washington in Los Angeles. Mt. Washington is a historic neighborhood located to the west of South Pasadena and north of Cypress Park. It’s known as the home of the Self-Realization Fellowship, Heritage Square Museum, Eldred Street, and the Lummis House. All of these are lovely destinations, but museum lovers can’t afford to miss visiting the Southwest Museum in Mt. Washington.

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The Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection is the first museum of Los Angeles and is located at 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, 90065. It specializes in exhibiting and preserving artifact­s and artwork from native American and Latino communities. It was founded in 1907 by the Southwest Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and journalist Charles Fletcher Lummis. Charles Lummis was the same Lummis of the Lummis House built in 1897. He was known for his photography of American landscapes and portraits of Native American Indians. Lummis was an outspoken activist for Native American rights and throughout his life he collected Native American artwork. The museum building was erected in 1912. Today, the museum is the Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus, and in 2003, the museum merged with the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum of the American West.

Museum hours are between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturdays, and admission and parking are  free.Visitors may inquire about tours, programming, special events, and lectures. Exhibits and features at the Southwest Museum include:

-Ethnobotanical Community Garden

-Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery (featuring over one hundred pieces going as far back as the sixteenth-century)

-American Indians of the Great Plains

-Tunnel Entrance (contemporary artwork is on exhibit in the pedestrian tunnel entrance that is accessible from Museum Drive)

-Kaufman Collection

-Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

-California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection

-Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction

-Archive and Braun Research Library

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Currently, the collections at the Southwest Museum are being moved to the Resources Center of the Autry, a new building in Burbank, California. The Autry is also dedicated to the preservation of the Southwest Museum building and work on that project is underway.

As of January, 2015, the Southwest Museum was recognized as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is also recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. The Friends of the Southwest Museum is an advocacy group that formed in 2003 when the merger between the Autry and the Southwest Museum began. The goal of the Friends of the Southwest Museum is to see the Southwest Museum continue to show exhibitions and provide education and culture to schools and communities in northeastern Los Angeles.

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Other historic sites to visit in Los Angeles include:

-Historic Route US 66

-Casa de Adobe (Missions)

-Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

-Griffith Observatory

-Los Angeles County Museum of Art

-Getty Center

-La Brea Tar Pits

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Smith Estate – Mt. Washington

The Northeast neighborhood Mt. Washington in the city of Los Angeles is a hidden gem that is situated near downtown Los Angeles and various historic sites. Start your exploration of L.A. with the historic architecture and homes near Mt. Washington. You may have heard of Heritage Square Museum, but don’t forget Smith Estate in Highland Park.

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The Smith Estate is a pristine Victorian home on El Mio. It was built in 1887 for Judge David Patterson Hatch, and today it stands at 5905 El Mio Dr. Originally built for $10,000 with four bedrooms and servants’ quarters, the home value is estimated at almost two million dollars today. The four-and-half thousand square foot home contains six bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The next family to call this Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument home was the Smiths. Charles Warren Smith was a railroad man who bought the home. He worked with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, the Pasadena Railway Company, the Los Angeles Electric Railway Company, and the Los Angeles Railway streetcar system. Charles was also known for the uncommon pursuit of writing publications on the occult. The Smiths were popular for their legendary parties involving dancing, decorations, and fundraising.

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Following the Smith Family, Michael Gage moved into the home during the 80’s. He commuted to City Hall for his position as the Los Angeles Deputy Mayor. The current owners are Tim Parker and Mari Parker.

Even if you haven’t seen the Smith Estate — or even if you’ve never heard of it — you may recognize it from some movies. The house was used as the setting for director James Wan’s horror film Insidious Chapter 2 (2013), starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. It was also the setting for the cult horror movie Spider Baby (1967).

If visiting the Smith Estate isn’t enough to feed your interest in historic L.A., check out historic homes at the Hale House, the Heritage Square Museum, the Ziegler Estate, and the Garbutt House.

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About Mt. Washington: Mt. Washington is a hilly neighborhood surrounded by Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Montecito Heights, Silver Lake, and Echo Park. It’s just close enough to the heart of L.A. and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Check out more destinations in and near Mt. Washington:

-Southwest Museum: Learn about and celebrate Native American culture at this historic museum.

-Self-Realization Fellowship Headquarters: Explore meditation and yoga at this local organization.

-Heritage Square Museum: Walk into the past as you tour historic home museums.

-Lummis House: See the river rock and craftsmen style of this iconic castle-shaped home.

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Lummis House (aka El Alisal) in Mt. Washington

There’s never a boring moment in Los Angeles, California with all of the historic homes and architecture to discover and visit. Among the many Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments, the Lummis House is one of the great historic house museums of Southern California.

Located at 200 East Avenue 43, the Lummis House and Gardens is open on the weekends to visitors, and the museum is run by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Charles Fletcher Lummis built the house in 1897, covering four thousand square feet on a property of three acres. The project lasted thirteen years, and the exterior of the home is made of river rock.

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The Lummis House, also known as El Alisal, stands nearby the Arroyo Seco, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the Los Angeles River. Lummis chose the spot for the project because of a sycamore tree on the property. El Alisal actually means alder grove, another word for sycamores.

Unfortunately, the original sycamore Lummis was drawn to is gone, but four new sycamores are growing on the site. The Lummis House looks like a castle fit for a king. The structure appears medieval and ancient, but it adds to the rustic atmosphere for this craftsman home. Railroad pole, carved woods

Today, this beautiful home is overseen by the Recreation and Parks Department of the City of Los Angeles. Lummis’ original wishes involved the estate turning into a theater for the community and a supper room influenced by Spanish architecture and culture. The home does include a concrete floor in the exhibition hall intended for concerts and art exhibitions. Until 2015, the property was used for the Historical Society of Southern California (beginning in the 1960s).

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You may recognize the name Lummis from the Lummis Day Festival, featuring celebration and activities for the community that promote art, music, and history. The festival was inspired by Charles Fletcher Lummis himself. He is known for advocating for the preservation of Native American and Spanish culture. As a part of that mission, he founded the Southwest Museum, which eventually merged with the Autry National Center. It is still the goal of the museum to this day to conserve collections of Native American and Spanish artwork.

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Lummis was employed as a journalist, but he was also an avid photographer and a collector of folklore and artifacts. An interesting history chronicles Lummis’ life. He went to Harvard with Theodore Roosevelt before eventually dropping out, and he walked from Cincinnati to Los Angeles to work at the Los Angeles Times. During his journey, Lummis crossed 3,500 miles and became interested in Native American Indians; he went on to become an outspoken activist for their rights. In 1905, took the position of the City Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library, and he founded the Arroyo Seco Foundation in the same year.

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Los Angeles Police Museum – Mt. Washington

Residents of Los Angeles, as well as visitors, will fall in love with the history of the area. Historic sites like Heritage Square Museum in Mt. Washington, Downtown Los Angeles, and Dodger Stadium will keep you busy. See what life once was like in beautiful Southern California by taking a trip to the Los Angeles Police Museum in Mt. Washington.

Located at 6045 York Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Museum is open for ticketed patrons. Group tours are also available by appointment (just call). A general ticket is only $9 and children under the age of twelve enter for free. Be sure to check their website and their hours, because they are not open every day. However, it is open to the public on the third Saturday of every month. Parking at the museum is free to the public.

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A new audio tour guides patrons through the history of the museum. The Los Angeles Police Museum is the oldest police station built in the city of Los Angeles. It was once known as the Highland Park Police Station (built in the 1920s), and the station closed in the 1980s. Names of donors are featured on the museum’s Memorial Brick Wall. In January of 1984, the Highland Park Police Station was named a Historic Cultural Monument of the city.

Visitors have the opportunity to meet police dogs like Nellie on the bomb squad (see http://laphs.org/), learn about how police dealt with the case of the Hillside Stranglers, and how the station was almost bombed in the 1970s. The Los Angeles Police Station has been featured in major motion pictures as well as in television shows shot in Los Angeles. It was filmed for the setting of the Pawnee Police Station on the popular comedy show Parks and Recreation (starring Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, and Chris Pratt). A fascinating history surrounds the police station, including the story of Police Chief Daryl Gates, who was arrested at the Highland Park Police Station as a young man before his future as a police captain.

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Historical gems are easy to find in Los Angeles and areas like Mt. Washington. Other Historic Monuments in Los Angeles (to name a few) include:

-Judson Studios

-Southwest Museum

-Mount Washington Cable Car Station

-Mount Washington Self Realization Fellowship Headquarters

-Heritage Square Museum

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In 1909, the land that would become Mt. Washington in Los Angeles consisted of hillsides and mountainous areas. Robert Marsh built a hotel there and citizens ran ostrich farms. Today, Los Angeles residents enjoy the luxury real estate in Mt. Washington, and people are drawn to sites like the Self-Realization Fellowship, the Arroyo Seco River, and Devil’s Gate. Additionally, Mt. Washington is only a short drive from Downtown Los Angeles.

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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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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.

Hale House

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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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Pasadena City College Flea Market

While waiting for the 626 Night Market near South Pasadena to start this summer, get out and enjoy the California sun while visiting the Pasadena City College Flea Market. You may have never heard of a nonprofit flea market before, but this one is the largest of its kind in the state of California. For the bargain hunters out there, you will not be able to resist more than 400 vendors offering deals and the food trucks serving lunch and treats.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market is located on the college campus at 1570 E Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. It spans both the West Side Parking Lot and the East Side Parking Lot (both of which are covered, so you won’t have to spend the entire day in the sun). The market is run by the Board of Directors, and the proceeds go to a scholarship for college students. Keep the first Sunday of the month free, and go shopping between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.

You’ll find anything you could need and more from the various vendors at the market, including carpets, potted plants and succulents, artwork, sunglasses, handmade ceramics, Halloween decorations, clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, antiques, music, furniture, collectibles, and more. Redecorate your kitchen, find the perfect vase for a bouquet of flowers, and complete your music collection in one trip.

The Record Swap event at the flea market is extremely popular, where shoppers search for and trade records, CDs, and DVDs. You’ll find it on the ramp on the fourth floor in Lot 5.

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The Pasadena City College Flea Market was pioneered in 1977 by Tom and Tim Selinske in 1977. Pasadena City College was founded in 1924; it was originally named Pasadena Junior College until it was combined with John Muir College. Admission to the market is free, and parking is a small fee of two dollars per car. There are also shuttles that take shoppers between the two parking structures.

Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles, California in the San Gabriel Valley and the famous home of the Tournament of Roses Parade. While in Pasadena, visit the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Playhouse, Norton Simon Museum, and Old Town Pasadena.

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