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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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Vroman’s Bookstore

Are you tired of going to Barnes & Noble and shopping for books at the grocery store? Read on to learn more about Vroman’s Bookstore and other sites in Pasadena, California.

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You won’t believe the selection of books in this independent bookstore, a shopping experience unique to Southern California. Vroman’s Bookstore is the oldest and biggest store of its kind in the Los Angeles area. At Vroman’s, you’ll find a book for any taste, and you’ll have the opportunity to attend events, meet authors, enjoy trivia nights, and go to launch parties. The store was awarded Publisher’s Weekly Bookseller of the Year in 2008 and has hosted Bernie Sanders, Ray Bradbury, President Bill Clinton, Anne Rice, Joan Didion, Neil Gaiman, David Sedaris, Upton Sinclair, and more.

Adam Clark Vroman, the founder of Vroman’s Bookstore, was originally from Illinois before coming to California and selling his book collection following the death of his wife Esther. Eventually, he opened his bookstore in 1894. He is also well-known for his photography of Native American tribes in Arizona and New Mexico, in which he took portraits in a respectful manner. Vroman was also fascinated with taking photos of American western landscapes.

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Vroman left a legacy of giving back to the community. During the second world war, he took books to Japanese Internment Camps in California, even when armed guards tried to stop him with firepower. Additionally, he worked at mission sites, assisted with opening the Southwest Museum, and was a part of the Pasadena Public Library project.

Today, the owner of Vroman’s Bookstore is the great grandson of one of the employees who Vroman left the bookstore to when he died in 1916. This independent bookstore is still family owned, and today the company has two bookstore locations, two smaller locations in the Los Angeles Airport, and the company acquired the independent bookstore Book Soup in 2009 (located in West Hollywood).

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At Vroman’s, you’ll find books, specialty pens and stationery, cards to send your loved ones and friends, and many types of gifts. The store is located at 695 E Colorado Boulevard, and proceeds from every book purchase go towards a charity of the customer’s choice. Furthermore, through Vroman’s Gives Back programming, the store hosts events for community fundraising. Past events have included HIV testing, raffles, pet adoption, book fairs, support for girl scout troops and more. The store puts on more than 400 events for the community annually and has raised $655,998.52.

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While in the Pasadena area, be sure to visit these sites as well:

Pasadena City College Flea Market

Norton Simon Museum

Old Town Pasadena

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