LA LIFE: Native American Month, Museums, Bird Walks, Design Fair
Heads-up tomatoes. November is officially American Indian Heritage Month in our fair city and there are several fun ways to celebrate. The Design Fair is back for the design lovin’ tomatoes and there are a multitude of bird walks coming up that are not just for the birds. Tee hee! And we’ve posted a film, 2 years in the making, OUR LA, that will take your breath away and make you so proud to be an LA tomato.
Two years in the making, this film of OUR LA will take your breath away and make you so proud to be a LA tomato. This is US! Amazing, colorful, sparkling, full of life, diversity, light and magic.
American Indian Heritage Month
The motion to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, suggested by the City’s Human Relation’s Commission and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (a member of the Wyandotte Native American Tribe) will be heard by the full LA City Council today. Can’t think of a better way to kick off LA’s “Native American Month” gals. But that’s not all! The Los Angeles Native American Indian Commission is celebrating its 40th Anniversary tomorrow November 5 with “Pow Wow in the Park” …Grand Park that is, all are welcome and it’s free tomatoes.
The public is invited to the Council Chambers to celebrate the start of American Indian Heritage Month and to hear Council Members O’Farrell motion to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Los Angeles. It will be heard and voted on Friday, November 4 at 10am. Fingers and Toes crossed tomatoes. By definition, the “Pow Wow” is a powerful gathering to unite people, pay homage, teach traditions and allow expression and tomorrow that is what will be happening at Grand Park, LA’s Park for Everyone.
“California Continued” was unveiled Oct. 9 as the biggest and most historic transformation of The Autry Museum in 30 years with two new galleries and a garden. Here you will find “The Life and Work of Mabel McKay” which is the first solo show of a Native American Woman. You’ve also got an outdoor patio, called the “Human Nature Garden” that’s a work of art in itself gals!
Through immersive storytelling and nearly 20,000 square feet of gallery and garden spaces, “California Continues” shares how traditional ecological knowledge gained through centuries of experience can help present-day residents understand and care for the California environment. Mabel McKay (1907–1993), a Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo woman from Northern California, represents a fascinating modern figure who maintained traditional ways. McKay is celebrated as a master basket weaver (many of which are at the Smithsonian), traditional healer, advocate for her community and the environment, and teacher who shared her knowledge of Pomo traditions worldwide. Thank goodness the Autry is celebrating this amazing and prolifically talented woman.
November 4-6. Design Fair
If you love contemporary design the 4th Annual WestEdge Design Fair will delight design aficionados with over 150 premium design brands, products and home design ideas under the roof of Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger. This design fair, which is more intimate and appealing than the humongous trade shows of its kind, will highlight the very latest in contemporary furniture and lighting to kitchen, grilling and bath products. Need more convincing? How does free food sound tomatoes?!
Many of the brands are new to the West Coast and you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the design masters behind those innovative brands too. In addition to displays, there will be live demonstrations , educational panel discussions, and multitude of new initiatives celebrating everything design from the makers of handcrafted furnishings and international manufacturers, to celebrity chefs and leading interior designers. Get your tickets ladies for a fair that will inspire your design flair.
November 5 & 6. Bird Walks
You don’t have to be a birder to enjoy these bird walks hosted by the LA Audubon Society, just a lover of nature, the outdoors and in need of a good walk in a beautiful place. The first Saturday of every month, tomorrow, the Audubon Society will host their “Open Wetlands” event at the Ballona Salt Marsh. And on the first Sunday of the month, which happens to be…this Sunday…you guessed it…you’ve got the Topanga State Park Bird Walk . No reservations needed Ladies, just drop-in.
At Ballona Salt Marsh you’ll be able to view aquatic invertebrates through microscopes, learn about the unique ecosystems found at Ballona, and view birds through powerful spotting scopes along Ballona Creek. The buckwheat is in bloom and lots of butterflies to see. The “Topanga State Park Bird Walk” will lead through this beautiful and diverse coastal mountain area. This one is geared more for the beginning birder. All the Audubon Bird Walks are for the beginner or intermediate birder and usually binoculars are provided. Happy Birding and Walking Ladies!