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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.

For up-to-date info on Lummis Day, log on to

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.

Lummis Day June 1

The 3rd annual Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles event, a free, public celebration of the diverse culture and history of the L.A.’s Arroyo neighborhoods, will take place on Sunday, June 1, featuring musical, visual, culinary and literary artists representing an array of the region’s cultural traditions.

Charles Fletcher Lummis, at age 25, was offered a top position at a new young Los Angeles newspaper, to start as soon as he showed up.  He decided to walk to his new job, from Chillicothe, Ohio, to Los Angeles—a trek of 3,507 miles.  It was September 12, 1884.  He arrived at work on January 31, 1885, quite changed, because he’d lately gotten, as he would proclaim for years to come, a better education than Harvard ever gave him.

Lummis book A Tramp Across the Continent records his journey.

Following is an excerpt from the first chapter of Tramp Across the Continent

But why tramp?  Are there not railroads and Pullmans enough, that you must walk?  That is what  a great many of my friends said when they learned of my determination totravel from Ohio to California on foot; and it is very likely it is the question that will first come to your mind in reading of the longest walk for pure pleasure that is on records.  But railroads and Pullmans were invented to help us hurry through life and miss most of the pleasure of it -- and most of the profit, too, except of that jingling, only half-satisfying sort of which can be footed up in the ledger.  I was after neither time nor money, but life -- not life in the pathetic meaning of the poor health-seeker, for I was perfectly well and a trained athlete; but life in the truer, broader, sweeter sense, the exhilarant joy of living outside the sorry fences of society, living with a perfect body and a wakened mind, a life where brain and brawn and leg and lung all rejoice and grow alert together.  I am an American and felt ashamed to know so little of my own country as I did, and as most Americans do. 

Lummis Day takes place at SYCAMORE GROVE PARK, 4702 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042

More info:

Lummis Day - Schedule of Events and Performances - June 1, 2008

For more information, please visit

Schedule subject to change but it will all be fun
(see bios of artists / performers below)

LUMMIS HOME - 200 E. Ave 43

10:30 am

.11:00 am
12:00 pm
Carlos Guitarlos, acoustic guitar

Poetry by Steve Kowit, Mike the Poet, liz gonzález, Cathie Sandstrom, hosted by Suzanne Lummis

Arroyo Arts Collective’s Puppet Pageant leads attendees to Sycamore Grove Park

SYCAMORE GROVE PARK - 4700 N. Figueroa St.


12:30 pm

12:35 pm

12:45 pm

12:55 - 1:40 pm

2:10 - 2:35 pm

3:05 - 3:35 pm

4:05 - 4:45 pm

5:10 - 5:55 pm

6:15 - 7:15 pm


1:40 - 2:10 pm

2:35 - 3:05 pm

3:35 - 4:05 pm

4:45 - 5:10 pm

5:55 - 6:15 pm


various times

Arroyo Arts Collective Puppets enter, Opening Ceremony

Tongva Drummers

Welcome by Elected Officials

Mariachi Divas

Ann Likes Red with Special Guests


Chapin Sisters


Jackson Browne


Cypress Park Folklorico Dance Group

Ballet Coco

Kultura Philippine Folk Arts

Ballet Coco

Culture Clash

STAGE THREE - Family Corner

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church After-School Music Program

Puppet & Players Little Theatre

We Tell Stories

Puppets Tramp Across the Continent

Los Chilitos

Family Sing-Along with Lou Pugliese


Community groups information booths Art puppets Food Venders
Education corral Craft and art vendors Art Galleries

Print Mercadito this Saturday

The artists of Los de Abajo:

Kay Brown • Judith Durán • Antonio Escalante • Emelda Gutierrez • Chie Izuma • Sojin Kim • José Lozano • Poli Marichal • Don Newton • Marianne Sadowski • Victor Rosas

Present a Print Mercadito

Saturday, May 24, 2008 from 2-4 pm

Buy affordable, unframed linocuts, drypoint, etchings, monoprints, silkscreens, and mixed-media prints from the workshop of the Los de Abajo Collective

In the gallery of the:

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 No. Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA  90042

Kathy Gallegos  Avenue 50 Studio  131 No. Avenue 50   Highland Park, CA  90042(323) 258-1435