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CountDown to Lummis Day June 7: The Monolators

Appearing on Stage Four, in the early afternoon, The Monolators.

From Monolators MySpace page: With their unique blend of 50's rock and 70's punk and their increasingly talked about live performances; where drumsets are used as jumping platforms, food fights ensue and an occasional head bleeds, The Monolators have come a long way since their beginning in 2002 as the husband and wife duo of Eli (vocals, guitar) and Mary (drums) Chartkoff.

The 4th annual Lummis Day will take place at three locations: Lummis Home (poetry and music from 10:30am-noon), Sycamore Grove Park (music, dance, theater and food from12:30pm-7:30pm) and Casa de Adobe (art exhibits, from 1:00pm-6:00pm).

Set for Sunday, June 7, The 4th annual Lummis Day will feature a kaleidoscopic collection of performers, including Wil-Dog (a member of L.A.'s acclaimed Ozomatli), perennial "Best Los Angeles Country Band" winners I See Hawks in L.A., virtuoso blues guitarist legend Carlos Guitarlos, poets Ruben Martinez and Suzanne Lummis, members of the Chicano comedy group Culture Clash, plus Pilipino, Native American, Mexican and Pacific Islander folk artists, poets and visual artists of various stripes and traditions.

For the community, it's a party with a purpose, a "kumbaya" for the various ethnicities and cultures that share the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods. And last year's attendance--about 9,000 people showed up--has turned it into one of the area's biggest annual events, a signature community arts and music showcase for the Northeast Los Angeles area ( including the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Cypress Park, Mount Washington, Montecito Heights, Hermon, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, and Glassell Park).

Sycamore Grove Park is located at 4702 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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Countdown to Lummis Day: Eugene Edwards Band

Eugene Edwards and his Band will appear on Stage One following BombaChante in the mid afternoon slot, Sunday, June 7 at the Lummis Day Festival.

Here's a quote from Edwards' website: "I'd like to be thought of as the guy who reintroduced whatever it was that Springsteen, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello - the post-Dylan songwriters - had. And, like The Clash has shown that if you have just one person standing in front of you, you owe it to them to sweat every bit that you have in your body - I want to be the guy who, if they want to hear one more song, I am ready to give it to them. If they're still standing at the end of a 45-minute set, I feel like I've done something wrong."

The 4th annual Lummis Day will take place at three locations: Lummis Home (poetry and music from 10:30am-noon), Sycamore Grove Park (music, dance, theater and food from12:30pm-7:30pm) and Casa de Adobe (art exhibits, from 1:00pm-6:00pm).

The 4th Annual Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles will be presented on Sunday June 7 by the Autry National Center, the Annenberg Foundation and the neighborhood councils of Northeast Los Angeles (Arroyo Seco, Historic Highland Park, Greater Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, L.A. 32 and Glassell Park.) Media sponsors are KPFK Public Radio 90.7 and Univision KMEX Channel 35. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Highland Park Heritage Trust, Jose Huizar and Council District 14, Ed Reyes and Council District 1, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Los Angeles County Arts Commisssion, and Poets Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.


Franklin High School Presents - Coffee House Fest -Saturday May 30

On Saturday, May 30th from1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Franklin's Baseball Field & grounds the Associated Student Body will produce the first community festival organized by students.

The event will feature student entertainment (four bands, Cheer, Dance Team, Drill) , educational exhibits, challenge games, carnival games, Karaoke entertainment, great food, and much much more!!!

Also presented at 2pm, in Room 281, is the Spring Drama Production of Second Class.Student admission is $3 General admission is $5.

We are working along with FHS leadership class, student body, community businesses and organizations, Teen-CPAB, Kiwanis Club, First District Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, and Principle Luis Lopez.

Festival entrance prices are $3.00 at the door, children under 4 free.

All funds raised go back to the ASB at Franklin High School.


Countdown to Lummis Day: I See Hawks In L.A.

The Alternative Country Rock Band I See Hawks In L.A. will appear on Stage One in the mid afternoon slot, Sunday, June 7 at the Lummis Day Festival.

From the Hawks website:

Formed in 1999 by Rob Waller and brothers Paul and Anthony Lacques during a philosophical discussion and rock throwing session on an East Mojave desert trek, I See Hawks In L.A. first gathered on the front porch in Echo Park with beers, wrote their first batch of songs and then sought advice from local country rock guru David Jackson, bassist with John Denver, Dillard and Clark, and EmmyLou Harris.

Jackson set up a few mics and recorded Rob and Paul, adding his own melodic bass lines. This demo turned into featured songs on the Hawks eponymous debut, featuring legendary fiddler Brantley Kearns (Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Hazel Dickens). The CD established the Hawks signature sound: high lonesome three part harmonies, twang guitar and unadorned acoustic arrangements, with lyrics musing on mortality, whales, and the geography of pre-apocalyptic L.A.

The 4th annual Lummis Day will take place at three locations: Lummis Home (poetry and music from 10:30am-noon), Sycamore Grove Park (music, dance, theater and food from12:30pm-7:30pm) and Casa de Adobe (art exhibits, from 1:00pm-6:00pm).

The 4th Annual Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles will be presented on Sunday June 7 by the Autry National Center, the Annenberg Foundation and the neighborhood councils of Northeast Los Angeles (Arroyo Seco, Historic Highland Park, Greater Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, L.A. 32 and Glassell Park.) Media sponsors are KPFK Public Radio 90.7 and Univision KMEX Channel 35. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Highland Park Heritage Trust, Jose Huizar and Council District 14, Ed Reyes and Council District 1, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Los Angeles County Arts Commisssion, and Poets Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.


Felipe's Revisted

Villa Sombrero, the Highland Park Mexican restaurant with the supersize margaritas on York shut its doors last summer.

The restaurant's original owner, Felipe Nunez - who sold the name and business, but not the property twenty years ago reclaimed the space and re-opened his own restaurant - Felipe's.

It has taken some time, but the liquor license was finally issued, and the supersize Margaritas are back.  Outdoor dining tables have been added.   And Felipe is gradually building up the menu items, and lowering some of the menu prices.

For anyone that dropped in earlier this year, before the liquor license was issued, please go back and give Felipe's another try.

The staff is friendly and attentive.  The service is fantastic.  The fajitas are excellent.

Jesse delivers a platter of sizzling fajitas. 

Felipe's Restaurant is located at 6101 York Blvd., Highland Park, 90042.  Telephone:  323.478.1652.



Countdown to Lummis Day, June 7, 2009

Salsa-jazz band BombaChante will be the first musical artists to be featured on the Sycamore Grove Park bandshell at Lummis Day, Sunday June 7, just after the festival activities get underway at the park at 12:30 pm.

BombaChante is a collaboration of top musicians from the Northeast L.A. and East L.A. areas. Veterans of the Chicano music scene, BombaChante was formed in 2003 and is led by Ernesto Molina, formerly of East LA Sabor Factory and fronted by lead vocalist Gabriel Gonzalez, formerly of Quetzal. BombaChante's concert is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

The 4th annual Lummis Day will take place at three locations: Lummis Home (poetry and music from 10:30am-noon), Sycamore Grove Park (music, dance, theater and food from12:30pm-7:30pm) and Casa de Adobe (art exhibits, from 1:00pm-6:00pm).

The 4th Annual Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles will be presented on Sunday June 7 by the Autry National Center, the Annenberg Foundation and the neighborhood councils of Northeast Los Angeles (Arroyo Seco, Historic Highland Park, Greater Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, L.A. 32 and Glassell Park.) Media sponsors are KPFK Public Radio 90.7 and Univision KMEX Channel 35. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Highland Park Heritage Trust, Jose Huizar and Council District 14, Ed Reyes and Council District 1, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Los Angeles County Arts Commisssion, and Poets Writers Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.


Historic Preservation in Highland Park, California

The Historic Preservation movement in Highland Park can be traced back to the early 1980s.  During the real estate boom of the 1980s residents of Highland Park became concerned that older, historic homes were being torn down and replaced with apartment complexes at an alarming rate. 

In 1982, a group of residents formed the Highland Park Heritage Trust.  The first success came with nominating the original Northeast Police Station as a Los Angeles City Historic-Cultural Monument and saving it from demolition.

This success was followed by four more Los Angeles City Historic-Cultural Monument nominations:  The Southwest Museum, the Ebell Clubhouse, the Masonic Temple and the Yoakum House. Since 1983, HPHT has successfully nominated over 50 Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments. 

A list of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in Highland Park and Northeast Los Angeles can be found here.

On June 7, 1994, the City of Los Angeles of Los Angeles established the Highland Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, the seventh HPOZ to be established in the city, and one of the largest, covering over 2,500 structures.  Highland Park was the first HPOZ in Los Angeles to include commercial buildings.

Highland Park is now an area that takes great pride in its heritage, and supports the historic preservation of its remarkable and eclectic architecture encompassing nearly every style popular from the 1880s through the 1960s.  

This link will take you to Highland Park Heritage Trust

This link will take you to L A Conservancy

This link will take you to the City Office of Historic Resources

This link will take you to Big Orange Landmarks  (Great photos of designated historic monuments here!)

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