zoos

15 Jul

zoo

I posted a while (like a while a while) back about the Los Angeles Zoo. Well after living here for almost 4 years I have to say I like another zoo better. The Old Zoo. This zoo was the LA Zoo before it was moved but the cages are still there. It’s even used around Halloween for their hayride track.

The best part about the LA Old Zoo is the ability to explore. You can climb in cages, have picnics on large grassy areas, explore the caves, or just take a hike on the path. It’s the perfect place to host a birthday party, or a perfect place to spend a lazy Saturday.

No matter what the activity old zoo > new zoo.

gardens

14 Jul

huntington

Did you know about a Secret Garden in Pasadena?? No?? Neither did I until my parents came and visited me. Apparently Pasadena is full of little gems outside of the Rosebowl and the Rose Parade.

There’s honestly so much to do at the Huntington Library & Rose Gardens. You can take a tour of the museums and see historic books and beautiful works of art. You can just roam the grounds and find yourself lost in the gardens. You can sit for tea and all you can eat scones.

It’s $20 on weekdays and $23 on weekends. They’re open every day but Tuesday. Honestly if you’re not a history buff, there’s art. If you’re not into art there’s gardens. If you don’t like gardens there’s tea. And if you don’t like tea then too bad!

waterfalls

13 Jul

waterfall

I’m a sucker for waterfalls. I love hikes but throw in a waterfall and that hike just became about 10 times better. Living in the valley the thought of trecking over to Malibu / Topanga Canyon is dreadful so imagine my surprise when I learned about Eaton Canyon Falls.

It’s a moderately easy hike and takes about 2 hours round trip. But trust me, plan for more like 3, and bring a picnic, and wear something you wouldn’t mind getting wet. Once you make it to the waterfall you’re going to want to jump in. A tip is to get there early, especially on the weekend. There’s tons of street parking if you can’t find any in the lot, one of the positive aspects of a valley park. So if you want a new hike, head on over to Pasadena and trust me, you won’t be sorry!

volunteers

12 Jul

serve

Serve the City is an annual event that takes place across Hollywood. Thousands of people volunteer a Saturday to help others. They cook for the homeless, pick up trash at a park, plant a garden, paint and clean a community center. The list goes on and on. A lot of people in Hollywood aren’t as fortunate as you and I and this is a great opportunity to give back. Invite your friends, and do some good.

The site has the full list of projects, where they are, what time they start, and all the details you need. So if a 7am Santa Monica cleaning the beach gig isn’t for you – choose the noon Silverlake ‘Feed the Homeless’ event instead. It’s so easy to make a difference.

plays

11 Jul

shakespeare

Griffith Park is the Park that just keeps giving. It has hikes, zoos, trails, picnic areas, golfing courses, everything your heart desires. And it’s everything your wallet desires too since it’s free. 99.99% of Griffith events are free. One thing that’s in session now is Shakespeare at the Old Zoo

This summer head on over to the Old Zoo to hear some classic Shakespeare tales. The 2012 Season consists of The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and The Comedy of Errors.

To sleep, perchance to dream….

dances

10 Jul

dance

FREE DANCING!!! That’s right this summer I discovered free dancing!! At the downtown Music Center they showcase a different style of dance every other Friday night from 6pm-10pm. You can boogie to disco, do some two-stepping, or if you’re really adventurous try some Bollywood!

All ages, all dancing levels are welcome and if you don’t know how to dance they have teachers there to walk you through it. So this Friday night shake it up with Cumbia.

7.13 – Cumbia
7.27 – Disco
8.10 – 60s Night
8.24 – Ondo/Bon dance*
9.07 – Samba

fairs

9 Jul

oc

Aside from flea markets – fairs are the next best thing! The OC Fair is coming and there’s tons of things to do, people to see, and foods to eat.

The fair runs from July 13th to August 12th. That’s a full month, which means no excuses if you don’t find a free afternoon or evening or full day if you’re up for it. Now general tickets are $11 but below are a few discounts for ya:

July 13
OPENING DAY
Free admission and parking
(Noon – 1 pm)

DAILY
HEROES GET IN FREE
All military (active and veterans) – free admission with I.D.

WE CARE WEDNESDAY
One free admission and one carnival ride per person. Person donating items must be present to receive admission ticket. Free admission tickets are only valid on the day of the drive.

THURSDAYS
Kids Day
Free admission 12 and under – all day
FRIDAYS
Seniors Day (60+)
$2 off plus free Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides – all day

FRIDAY – SUNDAY
OC Fair Express
OC Fair Express riders traveling to the OC Fair receive a coupon for $2 Fair Admission.
OCTA service hours: Friday 3 pm – Midnight / Saturday & Sunday 10 am – Midnight
Bus Fare: $1.50 one way / $3 round trip
octa.net/ocfairexpress

So come one, come all and get your fair on!

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