Tuesday, July 04, 2006

225 ways to Celebrate: 103 to 114

In exactly 2 months, Los Angeles will celebrate its 225th birthday. Only five years & two months younger than our nation, LA takes more than a day to celebrate. So, here's the next installment of 225 Ways to Celebrate LA's 225th Birthday:

103. Take a tour of the world's busiest general aviation airport (or at least sit at the public observation area at the Van Nuys Airport and watch the world work from Los Angeles).

104. Take the morning or afternoon to explore & understand the Ballona Wetlands.

105. Sit among the dead and enjoy an outdoor movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

106. Understanding Los Angeles as a truly global City, take the time to attend the annual Los Angeles Sister City Festival.

107. Visit the Rockwalk in front of the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard.

108. Play indoor, glow-in-dark Mini Golf at the Howard Hughes Center.

109. Take the Metro Gold Line and experience people's backyards as you ride through Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights, and Highland Park as you approach South Pasadena. [Photo above from Google Maps.]

110. Take a Neon Tour of LA, or a tour of Neon in LA - either way works. (Did you know that The Westlake Theatre sign was the first commercial use of neon in the US?)

111. Ride the shortest railroad in California at The Grove.

112. Visit the great example of Streamline Modern: Los Angeles' 1937 Coca-Cola Bottling Company. It was constructed from 5 existing buildings and resembles an ocean liner both on the outside and the inside.

113. Walk through and pretend to shop in America's "first modern shopping mall": The Crossroads of the World located in Hollywood.

114. Attend a "Star Ceremony" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"225 Ways to Celebrate..." thus far:
56-78 (Griffith Park)
79-88 (Eric Garcetti)

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