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Ξ December 9th, 2008 | → Comments Off | ∇ Highland Park |

Reel Cowboys

                                                                                                                              (Reel Cowboys 2007)

The Highland Park Holiday Parade was as fun as it always is.  For a few hours, Figueroa gets transformed into anytown USA.  the highlights for me were the Franklin band and cheer squad, “Reel Cowboys”, Miss Asia (although it’s kind of a broad term), and the soccer teams.  The lowlights had to be H&R block (seriously, what the hell was that?), all members of the Los Angeles Unified School District (who should be hiding under a rock with the way they’re running the public schools), and a no-show by our county supervisor.  To be fair, anything short of driving a taco truck decorated with graffiti art down Figueroa would be getting her panned in this post, but could it be any more obvious how much she takes her constituents for granted?  Nonetheless, being able to walk to this and the Low-Rider Festival remind me what I love about living in Highland Park.  Losanjealous.com has a nicer camera than I (read: one that works), so enjoy their photos of the event.

The forthcoming Eagle Rock (Glassell Park) Brewery is still on our radar screens but in the meantime, the existing watering holes will have to do.  For those who aren’t partial to our affinity for beer, the Verdugo is offering a scotch tasting event on Sunday the 14th at 5:30 PM.  Cost is $25 and reservations are necessary.  Promises are that our neighborhood’s eponymous scotch will be on the menu.

Cafe de Leche

Finally, Cafe de Leche opened it’s doors the day after Thanksgiving at the corner of Avenue 50 and York.  The menu is basic: coffee and tea, but their idea is to keep it simple and expand into food if there’s a demand.  The large glass windows in the front provide for some amazing natural light and the interior is clean, if not a little unfinished.  As I visited on their second day of existence, I’m assuming they haven’t quite put the finishing touches on everything.  In the spirit of linking to bloggers who have working cameras, see some nice photos here.

 

Highland Park Holiday Parade

Ξ December 7th, 2008 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Highland Park |

Don’t forget that today is the 64th annual Highland Park Holiday (formerly Christmas) Parade.  The highlight for me will be to see if Gloria Molina makes an appearance.  Maybe we can talk her into building one of those cool multi-million dollar signs over Figueroa, like she sponsored over Whittier Blvd.  (Assuming of course she can free her docket of whitewashing murals and putting taco vendors out of work.)  Let’s keep our fingers crossed…

Baila Folklorico

 I also thought it might be worth it to publicize the Huntington’s new Greene & Greene exhibit.  “A New and Native Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene”promises to boast a nice catalogue of the Pasadena designers’ works.

Gamble House

 

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