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Saturday, August 10, 2002


Charmlee Wilderness Park

Saturday, 8/17 6:15pm

Twilight Marshmallow Hike An evening hike through the park. Hike ends for stories and roasted marshmallows. All ages, bring your own marshmallows and skewers. Reservations required 310-317-1364. 3hrs CWP




Southwest Museum

9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Museum Patio


Ted Garcia, Chumash

Ted Garcia, Director of Satwiwa American Indian Museum & Cultural Center, is one of a few traditional, Southern Coastal carvers still practicing this ancient art. Mr. Garcia will teach participants the techniques of carving and polishing their individual effigies. All materials are included with registration. Members, $20; guests, $30.

1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Museum Patio


Dee Dominguez

Dee Dominguez, member of CIBA (California Indian Basketweavers Association) will demonstrate Southern California style coil weaving and display current work on a Central California style baby cradle. Ask questions and watch her weave, then tour the California Hall's basketry collection with a greater appreciation for the skill and artistry required to make these beautiful pieces. Free with paid Museum admission.

1:00 p.m.
Sprague Auditorium


Ted and Dennis Garcia, Chumash

Free with Museum admission.

Friday, August 09, 2002

Career Column

Career-Op: Instead
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

Many of you have been working in high-tech careers for so long that you might not be able to imagine what other careers you might have pursued. In some cases, you might even be wondering how you developed the career you have. We all have interests beyond our careers (or should have). Maybe it is time to find an outlet for the other interests in your life. Reviewing what career you might have chosen can often lead you to new areas of your high-tech career.

Thursday, August 08, 2002


In an effort to "share the wealth", I thought I would start writing up quick Park Focus mailings to let you know about specific parks in the LA Area. -- Douglas

Charmlee Wilderness Park
2577 South Encinal Canyon Road
Malibu, CA


$3 parking fee

This wonderful park, high on the hills overlooking the Pacific is a great place to see the many sides of California. There is a nature center with animals and displays, picnic area, restrooms and a series of trails through various habitats. One trail leads through oak woodlands and chaparral while another takes you across a large meadow and out to ocean views.

There are regular events at Charmlee, including our favorite Marshmallow hike. As a group you hike out across the meadow to the ocean view for sunet and then enjoy a marshmallow roast on your return to the picnic area.

Below are a series of links with a host of other information.

Wheelchair access info

Mountain Biking info

Hiking info

Newspaper article

Santa Monica Mountains Activity Guide

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Tuesday, August 06, 2002


Have you read or seen The Monsters are Due on Maple Street by Rod Serling recently?

Even now, 30+ years after it was written, it still applies directly to our current terrorist situation. The terrorists have got us attacking each other. It seems we are doing their work for them. More and more each day we suspect those around us. We actively seek to limit the freedoms we have enjoyed in the past or ignore the efforts to do so. We don't seem to understand that the worst enemy is here, inside our own hearts and minds. When we start seeing those around us as "suspects" first and neighbors second, we are in danger of destroying our own society from the inside out.

Monday, August 05, 2002


Beach-y Keen

We headed out to one of our favorite beaches, Leo Carillo State Park, last week and had a grand old time. I wanted to share one photo with all of you. It was a gorgeous day, the surf was up and there were perhaps 30-40 surfers out catching the waves. I like this beach as it has both sand and rocky parts, allowing you to just sit and soak up the rays or go exploring.

(Click for larger image)

It might be interesting to put together a day at the beach under the auspices of WelchEvents. If you would be interested, drop me a line. Weekdays are best for those of you who can slip away.

What I'm reading...

Wooden Boats: In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard

I was completely finished with this book before I realized that the author also wrote another one of my favorites, The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America. Ruhlman has the ability to get deeply inside the stories he is covering, becoming part of the story but yet remaining apart. Wooden Boats is the story of a nearly extinct art form and one company that is keeping it alive. This book took me less than 2 days to read and kept me fascinated the entire time. Not only do I want to go to Martha's Vineyard to check out the boatyard, now I want to get out on the water myself.

The Naked Chef

Air Ferrets Aloft (Ferret Chronicles #2)

I recently discovered this series of books by Richard Bach, author of Johnathan LIvingston Seagul and Illusions, two favorites of both Rosanne and I. These books capture Bach's love of flying and maintain the depth of his previous work in a young adult format. See also Rescue Ferrets at Sea (Ferret Chronicles...

Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People

I am always interested in creativity books, so this one jumped out at me. It is more technical than similar books and a little more difficult to read.

Sketching With a Pencil: For Those Who Are Just Beginning

Meetings With Remarkable Trees

The author visits some of the most ancient trees in Britain, while recounting their history. An amazing combination of history and nature writing. the photos are absolutely gorgeous.

Most Beautiful House in the World

Witold Rybczynski, an architect, recounts the building of house, from initial idea, through design, completion and remodeling. Another excellent telling of oen person's working methods along with the historical background of architecture.


TackyShirt - Educational Seminars and DVD training for Mac OS X

This just might be exactly what your small, Mac-based office might need...DVD-based training videos featuring some of the big names of the Mac world.

If you don't have time to teach everyone in your office about the Dock, multi-user logins and how to install software under Mac OS X, this could be the answer. Give all your people easy access to Mac OS X information and watch their productivity rise.

Via Macintouch

Sunday, August 04, 2002


History Mystery Hunt

Children & their parents search for clues to life in the 1840s, 1870s and 1930s.  Using all senses, children will look, draw, taste and participate in activities from these three historic eras in the history of Rancho Los Cerritos. Sun, August 18. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Free.

Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road

Rancho Los Cerritos will re-open this August after the completion of seismic retrofit and ADA (American with Disabilities) improvements.

From their web site...

Rancho Los Cerritos History

Once part of an early Spanish land grant, the 27,000 acre Rancho Los Cerritos evolved from cattle ranch to sheep ranch to private home before becoming a City museum in 1955. The current 4.7 acre site, a National and State Historic Landmark, includes an 1844 two-story Monterey-Colonial adobe and historic gardens, houses a California History Research Library and hosts many educational programs for families and youth. You are encouraged to visit. The Rancho is closed on Monday, Tuesday and all City holidays.