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Let's Clean Up Figueroa Street for Lummis Day!!

Let's Clean Up Figueroa Street for Lummis Day!!

This Saturday, May 31st, 9 - 11 AM.

Meet at Figueroa and Sycamore Terrace.  The Clean Up crew will work from Avenue 50 to Woodside Terrace.

Bring gloves, sunscreen, hat, brooms and rakes.

Organized by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and the Lummis Day Committee.

Casa de Adobe Art Exhibit Added to Lummis Fest, June 1

In an expansion of the Lummis Day Festival's activities, an exhibition of work by Northeast L.A. artists will be mounted at Casa de Adobe and will be open to festival-goers from 1pm-6pm on Sunday, June 1.

Casa de Adobe is located at 4605 N. Figueroa Street, just across the street from the main Lummis Day Festival site at Sycamore Grove Park.

Curator for the exhibition is fiber artist Connie Rohman, a longtime member of he Arroyo Arts  Collective and Culture/Arts chairperson for the Mount Washington Association. Among the artists who will be represented at the exhibition are Ernesto Anguiano, Zoe Axelrod, Ann Dudrow, Kikki Eder, Margaret Garcia, Yolanda Gonzalez, Cidne Hart, Connie Rohman, Suzanne Siegel, Gilly Shaeffer,  Roderick Smith, Kevin Spitze, Alexia Teran, Heather Watson and Rick Willson. In addition, Avenue 50 Studio will present sculptures by Tomas Owen, and an altar installation by Ofelia Esparza in the Chapel room. Pam Hannah, director of operations for the Southwest Museum and the Autry National Center's Casa de Adobe, has served as facilitator for this exhibition.

Construction of the the Casa de Adobe-an authentic recreation of a 19th Century Spanish California rancho--began in 1917 and was completed in 1927. Construction methods adhered to traditional adobe style, with adobe bricks mixed and formed from earth dug at the construction site. To ensure historical accuracy, trees,plants and shrubs appropriate to the early to mid 19th trees, a fig and a pomegranate, still remain at the Casa and are now over 80 years old,

Although earthquake damage caused the Casa de Adobe's regular exhibitions to close in the early 1990's, the building is being revitalized by the Autry National Center and is currently the scene of special celebrations and fiestas. Living history tours are provided to students by junior docents from the Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School. Tours can be booked through the Southwest Museum.

The 3rd annual Lummis Day Festival celebrates the Diverse cultures, spirit and history of L.A.'s  Northeast Arroyo neighborhoods with food, music, art, poetry and dance. Nationally and regionally renowned artists will perform in English, Spanish and Tagalog. The June 1 Festival will include events at Lummis Home, Casa de Adobe and Sycamore Grove Park from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.

Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who became the L.A. Times' first city editor in 1885, founded the Southwest Museum, and championed the concept of multi-culturalism in Southern California.

The 3rd Annual Lummis Day Festival is presented by the Annenberg Foundation and the Autry National center, and is sponsored by the Neighborhood Councils of  Arroyo Seco, Eagle Rock, Historic Highland Park and Greater Cypress Park as well as the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Arroyo Seco Journal, public radio station KPFK-FM 90.7, KMEX-TV Univision 34, SIPA, the North Figueroa Association, Los Angeles City Council Districts 1 and 14, Poets & Writers, Inc., the Highland Park Historic Trust an the Mount Washington Association.

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Contact: Eliot Sekuler 818-535-9178

Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report: May 29, 2008

"What goes up, must come down.  Spinning Wheel, got to go 'round"
- Blood, Sweat and Tears

This is panic selling that we're seeing in the fixed-income securities market.  I knew it would happen but I was early.  The 30-year fixed rate mortgage was at 5.625%, nine days ago.  Yesterday, it went to 6.0%.  Today a 30 -year fixed rate mortgage is at 6.25%.  Expect rates to be above 6.0% for the next two weeks; we should see them creep down by the end of June to the sub-6 level.

What should you do if you can't wait? Lock in a 5/1 ARM.  Today, that rate is just 5.375%.  That's almost a full percentage point discount to the 30-year fixed rate loan.

Rates will improve...but it's gonna get ugly before it gets better.