INDUSTRIOUS: FOLKE, a CFA,ER exhibition by artists from three generations of a local family of artists.

Editor’s Notebook February 2019

2019 Editions Editors Notebook February

Art You Can View, Art You Can Use

        INDUSTRIOUS: FOLKE, an exhibition from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28 at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (CFAER), presents a collection of paintings, sketches, inkings, sculpture and illustrations by artists from three generations of a local family of artists. The featured works, by Ralf and Jeannette Johnstone, Linda Johnstone Allen, Mary Ellison Allen, Miss Mindy and CJ Metzger, span the 1930s to the present.

Unknown Landmarks 2019 Calendar is the latest in a line of calendars by the NELA based artist Gordon Henderson, aka Nib Geebles. The calendar is art you can use – as well as a celebration of Highland Park, featuring Henderson’s drawings of shops, restaurants, markets, bars and other places along North Figueroa St. Available for $20 at Bermudez Projects / 1225 Cypress Ave. / Cypress Park / 213-219-9508 / Or by ordering at

An “Art with Heart” workshop at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (CFAER), will include instruction in drawing a live costumed model and making Valentine’s crafts. Open to all ages, the workshop will be led by Linda Johnstone Allen, Miss Mindy and Candace Metzger, the artists whose work is currently on display at CAFAER / 2225 Colorado Blvd. / Saturday, Feb. 9 / 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. / Free

At ‘Light Up Circuit Valentines,” kids will learn about electricity and circuitry basics while crafting a card for Valentine’s Day (or any other occasion.) The Eagle Rock Branch Library / 5027 Caspar Ave. / Wednesday, Feb. 13 / 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. / Free
Celebrate love or heartbreak (or both) at a music/poetry/reading/performance and open mic event put on by 9 Bridges, a writer’s group at Zweet Café / 4682 Eagle Rock Blvd. / Eagle Rock / Saturday, Feb. 16 / 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. / Arrive early if you want to sign up for the open mic. / Free

Planet Care
Hazardous items and materials that are not supposed to go in the trash can be dropped off at a S.A.F.E. Mobile Collection event at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the L.A. Department of Sanitation (LASAN), the S.A.F.E. event is an easy way to properly get rid of paints and solvents, used motor oil (limit 15 gallons per person per day) and electronic waste, including computers, monitors, printers, cables, telephones and cell phones, televisions, microwaves, video games, radios, stereos and VCRs. For a complete list of accepted items, visit: and enter “SAFE” in the search bar.

LASAN will also teach you how to compost food scraps at a free Backyard Composting Workshop in Griffith Park on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be composting bins for sale at the workshop for the discounted price of $20. The workshop is open to all, but proof of City of Los Angeles residence is required to buy a bin. / 5400 Griffith Park Drive / For more information, visit: and enter “Composting” in the search bar.

Visit the Glendale Community College Planetarium . “To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before” and “A Conversation with the Stars” for children and adults, will be presented followed by time for audience members to talk to the speaker. There will also be stargazing (if the night is clear) through telescopes set up outside and light refreshments.
On Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., Prof. Evan Kirby, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Caltech will talk about how the Keck telescopes have found celestial ghost towns in remote parts of the galaxy where only a few stars remain to provide clues to what happened.
The event is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating in the planetarium.
Glendale Community College / 1500 N. Verdugo Rd. The planetarium is in the Cimmarusti Science Building. / For more information and to make a reservation, visit: The registration link is activated about a week before the event.

Choosing the Right School
Parents can learn about public school magnet and non-magnet programs, as well as sign up for the Magnet Late Application period, at a Winter School Fair at Florence Nightingale Middle School in Cypress Park (3311 N. Figueroa St.) on Saturday, Feb 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the fair, school staff and students from area schools will showcase their programs with demonstrations, displays and videos.

Math for Fun and Prizes
The LACC Math Contest, an annual event since 1951, will take place on Saturday, Mar. 2. (The deadline to register is noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27.) The contest is free; open to all students in Southern California in grades 6 through 12 – public, private or home schooled.
The day starts with breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The test, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., consists of 25 multiple choice math questions. The top six students will share in a cash prize kitty of $1,600. Several $4,000 scholarships will also be awarded for students to attend LACC full-time, as well as several $1,000 scholarships for students to attend LACC part-time while still in high school.
A solid foundation in algebra and geometry is needed to solve the test problems. Calculators are not allowed. Knowledge of trigonometry and calculus are not needed for most questions, though a problem or two requiring trig or calculus have been known to creep in to the test.

Last year, 297 students participated and more are expected this year. Parents, teachers, counsellors and principals are invited to hang out together with LACC math professors and LACC President, Mary Gallagher, while contestants take the test. After the test, contestants have time to take photos, talk to the professors and check out the campus.

Each student who wishes to participate must register at:, where you can also find sample questions. For more information, contact Professor Vin Lee at
LACC Math Contest 2019 / Register no later than noon, Feb. 27. Contest is on Saturday, Mar. 2 / 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. / Free / Los Angeles City College / 855 N. Vermont Ave.

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