This Weekend: Jewelry Reception, Furniture Sale, Dancing, Films, Music and Eats

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BY KAREN YOUNG FRIDAY No Roses Gallery: Come by this Sherman Oaks artisan jewelry boutique for a special wine and artist's reception tonight from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. with Kit Carson, known as the “Wildest Jewelry Engraver in the West.” His … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Fun-Filled Events for All Ages in the 818 and Beyond

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BY KAREN YOUNG   FRIDAY Free Dance Lessons at Galleria Live!: Head down to the Sherman Oaks Galleria for free dance lessons with Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks. It's happening the first Friday of every month at 8:45 p.m. FRIDAY, … [Read more...]

Take a “Staycation” at the Newly Revamped Culver Hotel

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BY MARY MC GRATH We hadn’t visited the Culver Hotel in some time. Although it punctuates downtown Culver City nicely, we’d been a bit disappointed with recent visits.  All that’s changed. Newly revamped with an attentive staff, a … [Read more...]

Unique Vintage and Antique Market Premieres in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG If you’re one to drive out to the Rose Bowl, Long Beach or Santa Monica  for authentic vintage finds, you’ll be happy to know that there’s finally a monthly vintage and antique show close to home  in Woodland … [Read more...]

HGTV looking for DIYers; Show your Beatles knowledge for a chance to win a Hollywood staycation and tix to Rain

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BY MY DAILY FIND STAFF WIN A STAYCATION AT THE HOLLYWOOD REDBURY AND TICKETS TO RAIN Until April 1, @Pantages – the official Twitter account of Broadway/L.A. and the Pantages Theatre – will give followers the opportunity to win a midweek … [Read more...]

Road Trip: A Staycation or Sunnyside Up in Beverly Hills with Breakfast for Dinner

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BY JENNIFER EVANS GARDNER I’ve never been much of a breakfast for dinner person, but that may be changing. Breakfast ingredients have been making their way into late night snacks, cocktails, entrées… even desserts. Last summer, I had an … [Read more...]

TRAVEL: Santa Barbara’s Simpson House-A Welcomed Escape from LA

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Hayloft room, living room.

STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARY MCGRATH Santa Barbara’s always been dear to me. After graduating from UCSB, I quickly realized that I couldn’t afford to live there, so the next best thing is visiting. There are many beach communities on the rise as … [Read more...]

Travel: Ojai for Finery, Winery and Flavor

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BY MARY MC GRATH With stay-cations still being all the rage, where can you go to find some finery, winery and flavor? Why not Ojai, less than two hours away from Los Angeles? Ojai is blessed with a temperate climate, and because of this, engages … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ Wild Wings brings birds and nature back to community

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Owners Bonnie McFarlin and Scott Logan hope to get the community back to the nature that used to surround them. Photo: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER Los Angeles is known for many things — Paris Hilton, the Sherman Oaks Galleria, birthplace of the ice blended mocha, earthquakes, picture perfect weather, and the biggest U.S. city without a football team. But, did you know that … [Read more...]

Pre-historic time meets western kitsch at California Cactus Ranch in Reseda

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BY ELLEN S. PRESSMAN It took years and a life-threatening illness before I could convince my husband, who is an architect, to redo our backyard.  When it finally took shape, I got more than I bargained for. He created a most beautiful oasis and … [Read more...]