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Susie Hansen Hot Latin Jazz in Concert July 30 at Heritage Square

Thursday, July 30th, Free
Doors Open at: 5:00 PM
Community Heroes presentation: 6:15 PM

Main act begins: 6:30 PM

Food provided by: Figueroa Produce

The ever-popular Susie-Hansen Latin Band returns to us for what promises to be an unforgettable performance. Electric violinist Susie Hansen plays fiery Latin Jazz and Salsa, creating music that brings audiences to their feet, dancing in the aisles.

Heritage Square Museum is located at

3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, California 90031
Tel. 323-225-2700

Parking is available along Homer Street.

Professor's Row Highland Park, California

Professor's Row in Historic Highland Park is lined with stately Craftsman style homes, and one home built entirely of river rock.

Physically, the street is a minor service road running parallel to North Figueroa, named Sycamore Terrace on some maps, and showing only as a part of North Figueroa on other maps.

The name Professor's Row originated in the early 1900s when the Occidental College campus was located for a brief time in Highland Park.  For a few years, the street was home to staff and faculty of the college.

Occidental College was founded in 1887, and was originally located in Boyle Heights.  It's original structures were destroyed by an early morning fire on January 13, 1896. 

By the end of 1896, Occidental had made the decision to to rebuild on a seven-and-a-half acre site in Highland Park.  The first building on the new site was completed in 1898.  Two more buildings would be constructed and some minor ones, before the campus outgrew the Highland Park site, and moved to its current location in Eagle Rock in 1914.

The professors moved on, but the homes remained.  A few were sold to developers in the 1960s, demolished, and replaced with apartment complexes. 

The remaining homes of Professor's Row are now protected by the Highland Park Historic Overlay Zone, one of L.A. City's largest HPOZs, covering over 2,500 structures.

This link will take you to the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources for more information about Historic Preservation Overlay Zones.

Search for homes on Professor's Row and in Historic Highland Park

The Sycamore Grove District of Highland Park, California

It is not likely that you will find the boundaries of Sycamore Grove defined on a map.

But long time residents instinctively recognize Sycamore Grove as the heart of Charles Lummis personal domain.  It is a neighborhood most notably defined by Sycamore Grove Park, the Casa de Abode, Heritage Square, Hiner House and Sosa Nook,  and Lummis' own home, El Aisal.

Sited amid towering and graceful sycamore trees, near the banks of the Arroyo Seco, Lummis began contruction in 1898 on this remarkable stone castle.

Charles Lummis passed in 1928; the Arroyo Seco was channelized (that is, lined with concrete for flood control) in 1938.  The nearby Union Pacific Train line was abandoned in 1969.  Apartments and small industrial buildings filled once open spaces.

After Lummis' death, El Alisal languished for several years.  The property was eventually deeded to the State of California, but it was not maintained until the Historical Society of Southern California moved in.  El Alisal was declared a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument in 1970.

A re-awakening to the vibrant history and culture of Sycamore Grove is also evident with the establishment of Heritage Square Museum in 1969.

Several historic Los Angeles homes were saved from demolition and transported to the Heritage Square Museum grounds, re-creating an elegant Victorian neighborhood on the museum grounds a very short distance from El Alisal.

The staff of Heritage Square Museum has reached out to the Sycamore Grove community, with fun and educational events such as Halloween Mourning Tours, Holiday Lamplight Celebrations, and of course, every summer, free weekly Concerts at the Square in July and August.

Here is an image from yesterday's (7/23/2009) concert:

Search for Homes in Sycamore Grove 

Concert tonight 7/23 at Heritage Square: PCC Swing Band and Rock, Inc.

The LA Weekly and METRO have joined others in supporting the Concerts at the Square free music series, which continues Thursday with the Pasadena City College Swing Band. This Thursday evening enjoy great music and free food from the Barn Burner Texas Barbeque. Don't want to drive? Take the METRO Gold Line and hop on a shuttle courtesy of our partner, the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club. Costumed docents will be on-hand to enliven the evening. For more information about planning your trip to the Heritage Square Museum please visit the Metro trip planner at

Opening the festivities at 5:00 PM will be Rock, Inc. who will play all your favorite classic rock sounds. After 6:00 PM, Dennis Kay will lead the Pasadena City College Swing Band, who will play big-band standards, swing favorites, and ballroom classics from the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and many more. Don't let the name fool you-the PCC Swing Band consists of extraordinary students, faculty and professionals who come together to present a rockin' good time! All you "swingers" out there, don't forget to bring your dancing shoes...

Concert at Heritage Square Tonight 7/16/2009

Concerts at the Square

Thursdays, July 16, 23, 30, and August 9 , beginning at 5:00 p.m. and August 16 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Step out of your car or get off the Metro Gold Line on your way home from work for one-of-a-kind free concerts and food from local vendors at Heritage Square Museum

  On July 16, Mariachi Divas, a unique, multi-cultural ensemble imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles, will be the headline act. This all-female band is making big waves on the national music scene, winning the American Grammy award for Regional Mexican Album for their latest CD, Canciones De Amor earlier this year.


Bastille Day at Cafe Beajolais

Bastille Day at Cafe Beaujolais

Good food, plenty of wine.... An Eagle Rock tradition...

The staff sings. OK, it's dark, but listen to their voices!

Good friend and associate, Pat Barr, poses by the facilities.

Cafe Beaujolais is located at 1712 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles (Eagle Rock), CA 90041

(323) 255-5111

Old L A Farmers Market, in Highland Park Every Tuesday


Every Tuesday afternoon is Farmer's Market Day in Highland Park.

The Old L.A. Farmers Market is open every Tuesday, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Support your local economy by coming to the farmers market, talking to the farmers, talking to the craftspeople, and meeting your neighbors.

Be sure to come and bring the whole family and all your neighbors. We're located on Ave. 58 between Figueroa and Marmion Way, every Tuesday, year-round.  You'll also find used books, and lots of crafts.

(Parking is readily available in the city lot to the west, and elsewhere.) All the farmers are located on Avenue 58.