Enjoy fine food and refreshments from over 20 Toluca Lake restaurants at the Taste of Toluca Lake event April 2 from 10AM to 2PM. To make the event even more fun, there will be a eco-fashion show, gentle barn, love music, kid’s activities. Environ-vendors and featured speaker Ed Begley Jr. It will take place at 10205 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, CA 91602 (behind Ramsey-Schilling and Wells Fargo.) The nice price is FREE so get out and enjoy the Spring weather at this cool event. .
Shopping and dining at The Grove is always fun but did you know the Barnes & Noble has literary events for you to enjoy as well?! On March 25, they have a create your very own Little Golden Book to take home event celebrating the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books. In fact, every month is chock full of cool events. In April, they have multiple book signings including books written by John Oates of Hall & Oates, Katey Sagal of Married with Children and Futura fame, Prince’s first love Mayte Garcia and many more. Plus strolling through an actual bookstore is the best. Someday you could do a book signing there. Happy writing!
If you’re a fan of vintage, you have to check out the Topanga Vintage Market. Every fourth Sunday of the month from 8am-3pm, discover over 170 vendors displaying their wares. The flea market is a media darling and has been covered by the LA Times, CBS, and Architectural Digest to name a few. Everything is there. Choose from antique furniture, collectibles, cameras, toys, clothes, artifacts and much more. They also feature amazing local artists, handmade jewelry, woodworking, and more. Food trucks are there from 10-1 so you can grab a bite to eat while you’re there. The flea market happens at Pierce College off the 101 in Woodland Hills. $3 Admission.
Enjoy a free event at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles which gets up close and personal with local nature at L.A. Nature Fest. Explore the wild side of Los Angeles at NHMLA. Cool meet and greets include meeting an opossum, doing lunch with a rattlesnake, and going for a walk with Tank, the giant tortoise. Museum scientists will be on hand to answer your questions about snails, bugs, birds, and all things city nature. Festival Highlights Include over 30 exhibitor booths in partnership with local organizations, access to scientists and nature experts to answer all your questions, live animal presentations, stage performances and nature walks, expert tips on how to attract wildlife to your garden, nature crafts and early morning bird walks. Image courtesy of LA Weekly.
Holidays are a great time to bust our some old as well as new recipes. We scoured the internet and found some delicious recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s day on March 17. Foodandwine has some delicious Irish recipes including Irish brown bread, lobster and corn fritters, slow cooker corned beef and cabbage and more. Allrecipes has beer-braised stew and colcannon, Irish cookies, Irish heritage cabbage, as well as St. Patrick’s Day dessert, brunches side dishes and more. Foodnetwork has shepard’s pie, desserts, and more. Martha Stewart has Guinness Pie, banger’s and mash, scones, and more. Image courtesy of Martha Stewart.
Independent cinema is thriving more than ever. Check out the latest work from emerging talent at North Hollywood CineFest. This fun event has a combination of great film screenings, press and red carpet events, parties, seminars, all offered in this seven-day event, is what makes this a dynamic and must-go film festival. Enjoy best feature film, best feature film international, best documentary, best documentary short, best short film in multiple genres, and best student film. They all will be shown at Laemmle NoHo 7 Theatres.
For all who love poetry, check out Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest! This event features the poetry of Emily Dickinson with a twist. Performers include Get Lit Players, David Prather, St. Bernard High School Poets, Cut Chemist, Brendan Constantine, Kim Dower, and many more. Free hands-on activities include creating your own pieces of poetic genius with PUBLISH! by Writ Large Press, constructing handmade books using dried plant specimens, a photo booth with Victorian-era props and prose, free writing advice, 826LA’s never-ending story, and pop-up bookshops for literary lovers big and small. Downtown Bookfest is a part of Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices, a season-wide celebration of Angeleno expression. A new movie about Dickinson is set to come out in April — just in time for National Poetry Month!