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Thursday, August 22, 2002


Los Angeles City Birthday Celebration

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument
Los Angeles, CA

(213) 625-5045

September 4, 2002

The city celebrates its founding in 1781 with historical re-enactments, artisans, demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment and food.

Wednesday, August 21, 2002


Los Angeles Festival of Sail

Port of Los Angeles
San Pedro, CA

(800) 831-7678

September 6, 2002 to September 10, 2002

Setting anchor at the Port of Los Angeles, 15 tall ships, many of which will be finishing a race from San Francisco to Los Angeles, conduct tours and participate in shore activities.

Sunday, August 18, 2002


Los Encinos State Historic Park

Rosanne and I happened upon this park nearly 15 years ago. Before the front entrance was redesigned during recent earthquake repairs you could drive right by on Ventura Boulevard and never even know it was there.

This historic rancho was home to one of the main ranching and farming concerns in the San Fernando Valley during the early Mission years and beyond.

As the valley was subdivided, more and more of the rancho was sold off. The natural spring on the property was quite unique in the parched valley of the 1800's and was a great draw for the people who owned the Rancho over the years. Today the spring feeds the duck pond. You can even feed the ducks.

There are several buildings remaining on the site (completely restored after the Northridge earthquake), a large green lawn and picnic tables. Park docents host regular "living history" days with a blacksmith, cowboy, music, kids games and a variety of other activities.

Los Encinos is a wonderful place to get away from the city, without leaving the city. It also allows you to enjoy the outdoors while learning a bit about Southern California History.

Web sites about Los Encinos

State Park Web Sites

San Fernando Valley History

CSUN San Fernando Valley Digital History Site

San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb Web Site and Book

(This is an excellent book on the history of the Valley from Indian tribes to Aerospace -- Douglas)

Geocaching.com Virutal Cache

16756 Moorpark St.
Encino CA 91436-1068
Phone: 818-784-4849
FAX : 818-784-0621
E-Mail: laha@pacbell.net

Hours 10 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday through Sunday.