Lummis Home in Great Disrepair

Anna Carpenter

El Alisal is a magical home built along the banks of the Arroyo Seco at a time when the Far West was still alive and kicking. Inside, standing in the coolness of its massive walls and concrete floors, I have always been reminded of another house, also a museum, on the island of Capri: the Villa San Michele. Perhaps because both were built by intense, charismatic writers who lived life fully in their own adventurous way. Though the Italian villa has been well maintained over the last century, this is sadly not true for the Lummis House, which is in serious disrepair…

Hiking the Jack Smith Trail

Natalie Seaman

Some things are just sooo Mount Washington, and the Jack and Denny Smith walk is one of those things. For the fifteenth year in a row, on the first weekend in May, we dedicated a walk though the hill to the man who put the Mount Washington neighborhood on the map of LA. Mount Washington might have “arrived” anyway, but fact that the man who called it “the poor man’s Bel Air” told stories about this magical hill in the LA Times a generation ago, did its share to help with PR.

President’s Message: Gloria Molina & Going Solar

Rob Schraff

Gloria Monday, September 19th

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina will be joining us for our September Membership meeting, where she will be discussing her latest cultural initiative - La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. This is a wonderful new institution designed to highlight Latino Los Angeles, past and present, and is, shockingly, the first of its kind.

Mount Washington Elementary School Front Garden

Lynette Kampe

For several years the front garden of the school had been in need of replanting: plants had been lost to foot-traffic from kids short-cutting across the garden through a broken fence and a gopher had taken up residence. The situation seemed hopeless until a beautiful new fence was installed last year by Chester Cahill, a school parent, and I got approval from the MWA Board for funding for new plants and gopher-guard wire baskets, providing a humane and non-toxic way to reduce the impact of the gopher. A native plant garden had been planted previously to demonstrate water conservation and provide links to learning about the connections between native plants, birds and butterflies. It was time for replanting!

At the bottom of the hill

Thorpe Avenue.  A street that comprehends about four blocks, if I recall correctly.  I don't even know it well enough, as I don't drive the stretch between Cypress and San Fernando Road that often.  Ours is the last house on the left before the open hillside.  It seemed like a good idea to be this close to nature.  I love hearing the birds singing in the morning, seeing the flowers growing on the dirt wall that comes into our property -- an incline made more of fairly solid rock than of actual dirt.  Yet, all kinds of vegetation are currently growing on it.

FOMWS - Walk Our Mountain

Do you walk the Seaview Loop, Kite Hill, Moon, Redhawk, Elyria Canyon, Mt. Washington Drive or the Glenalbyn trail anyway? Want to learn where the secret stairs are all around our mountain?

Join Friends of Mt. Washington School and bring the community together. Help get the word out about our Night of Comedy Fundraiser (April 29, 2011), the effects of LAUSD budget cuts and how the community can help.

A Night of Comedy

Friends of Mt Washington School presents:
A Night of Comedy
At the Los Angeles River Center
570 W Avenue 26 · Los Angeles · CA
Friday, April 29, 2011 – 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Please join the Friends of Mount Washington School (FOMWS) for an unforgettable evening of side-splitting, standup humor to benefit Mount Washington Elementary School. A Night of Comedy will be held on April 29, 2011, from 6:30 – 10:00 pm, at the beautiful Los Angeles River Center.

General Membership Meeting

March 21, 2011, 7:30-9:00 PM
Jack and Denny Smith Auditorium
Mount Washington School
3981 San Rafael Avenue

The Mount Washington Association General Meeting on March 21 will have a special guest, David Fonseca, the editor of the Highland Park Mount Washington Patch, a new website focused on those of us who live in northeast Los Angeles.

Proof that it snows even here!

Image by Linda Padilla.


Spring Cleanup

Jerry Schneider

Saturday, March 12, 9am - Noon
Meet in 3900 block of Marmion Way (just north of Figueroa Street). We will be cleaning up litter and pulling weeds to keep the new plantings from being shaded or harmed by weed whips. Please bring your own gloves, and wear sturdy shoes.


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