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Halloween Night At Rock Rose

Halloweenpidginjpg1_2Halloween Night at The Rock Rose Gallery

for a special fundraiser

With Brandon Mayer and Special Guests

The Pretentious Pidgins

Costume Contest

Doors open at 8PM

Food, Beer & Wine Cash Bar

4108 N. Figueroa Street, Highland Park 323-222-4740

Donation:  $10 for 2 guests

Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report: October 29, 2007

Lock all of your home loans at application.  We really saved a bunch of money these past two weeks by floating the mortgage rate. 

The mortgage bond market anticipates a Fed Funds cut this week.  While we don't think the Fed will cut rates again, we realized that the bond traders do.  The perception that the Fed will be lowering rates, this week, is disappearing. 

We didn't see the 30 year fixed rate loan fall below 6% but we did see the 5 and 7 year ARMs drop dramatically.  Lock your mortgage rate today.  If you're applying for a loan, lock at application.

Halloween Party at La Casa Blue in Highland Park

Come Join us at La Casa Blue this weekend for Free Halloween Candy for the kids of all ages. Costume contest with 100 dollar prize at 12:00 midnight.
5 P.M.  to 1 A.M.  Party Time
La Casa Blue, Restaurant Bar & Coffeehouse.
5930 York Blvd. Highland Park, 90042
This Saturday the 27th of October. The La Casa Blue Restaurant Bar & coffeehouse will be passing out Halloween candy to trick or treaters from 5 to 9 p.m.  Then from 8 pm to 1:00 am the costume contest starts.  a $100 dollar prize for Best Costume will be awarded. Happy Hour (Food only) Specials all night long.  Lots of cold martinis, Draft Beer, California wines and espresso lattes will be flowing
Hot Buffet 5.00 all night long.

Our regular weekly Schedule:

Monday: Big Screen Football, appitizer buffet & drink specials.
Tuesday: College night with 18+ (21+ for cocktails)
Wednesday: Guest D.J.s or Open Microphone Nights
Thursdays: Karaoke, appitizer Buffet and cocktails for 21+
Fridays: Live comedy from 8 to 10. and Guest DJ / VJ 10-1am
Saturdays: Cocktails, 1/2 priced Espresso Lattes, Guest DJs, buffet
Scott & Miguel
La Casa Blue
(Coffee Bar Music Food & Desserts)
5930 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
bar 323-257-0089 cell: 323-394-2992
office 323-908-3966 fax 323-315-9305


Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report- October 25, 2007

We're still cautiously floating the rate in anticipation of mortgage rates below 6%.  The economic data being released suggests that we are in a recession; that would imply that the Fed will be lowering the Fed Fund rate again.  There really is no market moving data due out until the last day of the month.

If your loan in Los Angeles is due to close in the next 10 days, go ahead and lock the mortgage rate. Otherwise, continue to cautiously float that rate.

We had quite a scare, in Southern California,  earlier this week and we're not out of the woods yet.  My family was literally "on the move" as this wildfire threatened to move into our town. Laurie Manny and Jeff Brown kept most of youup to date about my family's evacuation; I'm grateful to both of them for that.

Today, it's back to the markets and the markets say float.  Keep checking in for updates.

Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmer's Market Report

his is what I love about the Old L.A. (Highland Park) Farmers Market – not having to cook dinner! Well, I do love to cook, but some days, it’s just not going to happen. Just because I don’t want to cook doesn’t mean I don’t want to eat something tasty and satisfying. That’s where the market comes in, conveniently scheduled around dinner-time.

This week I picked up tamales – chile / jack cheese for me and chicken and pork for my husband. Along with a green salad (greens from the market, of course), they made a great, light supper and took no time at all to prepare (just unwrap the corn husks). Other good options for dinner on the go are tacos and roasted chickens. There are still stone fruits to be found, even at this time of year. Try slicing some fresh peaches or nectarines on top of vanilla ice cream for a (relatively) healthy finale to your quick and easy dinner.

The market is found every Tuesday from 3- 8 p.m. on Avenue 58 and Marmion Way, between the Gold Line station and Figueroa Blvd. There is FREE PARKING after 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to the market.

See you there. ML

Save This Date: November 18 Discovery Tour

Come spend your day exploring the amazing artists of Northeast L. A. From Susan Moss' funky storefront on York Boulevard to Linda Lyke's aerie studio to Raoul de la Sota's wonderful craftsman in the heart of Highland Park to Heather McLarty's blacksmithing forge in her backyard teepee to Gwen Freeman's historic Mt. Washington hilltop craftsman to J. Michael Walker's "All the Saints of Los Angeles" to Maggie Haase's intimate paintings of flowers in her studio overlooking her raised bed 30 fruit tree backyard orchard in downtown Eagle Rock.

The Arroyo Arts Collective, a grassroots community artists' organization in Northeast Los Angeles, presents "It's Time for the 15th annual Discovery Tour" -- a self-guided auto tour of artists' homes and studios in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington. This year, with clocks the traditional 15th anniversary gift, the theme of the Tour is time - on Sunday, November 18, Tour goers are invited to stop clockwatching and have a good time visiting artists' homes and studios. They will have the opportunity to discover work by over 100 local artists, featuring such diverse work as paintings, sculptures, ceramics, collage, assemblage, computer graphics, photography, letterpress, printmaking, fiber arts and Native American beading. View the homes and studios of real live artists! Where else can you see a woman blacksmith, the fabulous Chicken Boy, discuss Mejica cosmology, and ponder photo shopped versus old school photography on the same day? In time for the holidays, artist-made clocks will also be available for sale at the Lummis Home.

Tour tickets can be purchased in advance ($10) online at and at Galco's Old World Grocery, 5702 York Boulevard, Highland Park. Tickets the day of the tour ($15) will be available at the Charles Lummis Home located at 200 E. Avenue 43 in Highland Park. Tour ticket holders will receive a comprehensive map of artists' studios and homes; studios and homes will be open between 10 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

A preview party showcasing Tour artists and their work will be held in conjunction with NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night on Saturday, November 11 at the Acorn Gallery, 135 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park. Artist images and links will also be posted at  prior to the Tour.