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• What we'll do --- This is a FREE 4.4 mi brisk walk at sunset with LOTS of hidden stairs (15 stairways / 1466 stairs) in just under 2 hrs, with a fun group. ---- READ EVERYTHING BELOW PLEASE! ----- • IF YOU SIGN UP AND CAN'T MAKE IT, PLEASE TAKE YOURSELF OFF THE GOING LIST!!!!!! • GET THERE EARLY ENOUGH TO PARK - there IS parking, it just may take you a few minutes. Don't drive up at 6:30 and expect us to wait! If you're late, download the map on the link below and find us! • BRING A FLASHLIGHT, as it gets dark by the end of the walk. If you've never gone on an organized urban hike, you gotta check it out! (We try to do it weekly). Don't be afraid of the stairs - we wait for everyone and you can always bail out if you need to. Join us afterward for dinner at Souplantation on San Vicente & Montana! Dog friendly (if your dog is friendly and can climb/descend stairs!). Check out my page of historical photos and info for the area we will walk: https://socalstairclimbers.com/historical-info-for-selected-areas/rustic-canyon/ This week's Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/931834597163472/ ABOUT THE WALK: Join us for a great break in your week — an evening walk through the beautiful neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Rustic Canyons. This 4.4 mile loop traverses 15 stairways, with 1,129 up-steps (that's 61 flights for you Fitbitters) and 332 down-steps, and climbs a total of 612 feet. It's a great introduction for stairwalking newcomers, but it's also a challenging hour and a half workout regardless of your experience level! We move quickly but will happily wait at the tops of stairways to collect the group. Dave and Kristy Moorman lead the loop in the early evening. We did this 50 Thursdays last year, and try to do it every week. If you are concerned about keeping up, it's easy to bail out at any point, but we want you to succeed! Meet up at the foot of West Channel at PCH (Santa Monica) at the top of the pedestrian underpass entrance (by the Shore Bar / Restaurant Giorgio Baldi). The Hungry Cat is no longer in business but the address is right where we start. We will leave right about at 6:30PM with or without you! If you're a little late, leave a comment on this Meetup page or on our Facebook page, and we can wait a few or try to meet along the route. Or download the map (see below) and meet up with us! PARKING - ARRIVE EARLY TO FIND PARKING!! Free street parking can be found up West Channel, Entrada, Sycamore, or Mesa - a short walk from the start. Some meters on Entrada are 2 hour til 8PM (Meters at the lower end of W. Channel are 1 hr. max til 8PM, so forget about those!). Beach parking lot fees are enforced until sundown — enter the beach lot from southbound PCH and walk through the pedestrian tunnel under PCH - it comes out right at the walk start. RESTROOMS - there are public restrooms along the beach parking lot across PCH from the start. You can walk under PCH through the tunnel in less than a minute. We go right by there at the beginning of the walk and we'll stop for anyone who needs it. INTERACTIVE ROUTE MAP: Google Map, with start/end location, stairway locations, step counts, PLUS architectural/historical info & photos (click on the icons): https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1m-dwaZD4uQ2uKdlzJPmAlQIpNeHegCrP&ll=34.03131317653276%2C-118.51417512301634&z=16 • What to bring: Water bottle / Sweat towel / Flashlight (or cell phone w/light) DISCLAIMER: Event is led by Dave and Kristy Moorman. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in the rigorous activity that this is. As the organizers, Dave and Kristy Moorman assume absolutely no responsibility for the participants. If you choose to participate, you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold the leaders, helpers, or any designated sweep (the person walking at the rear) liable in any way.
This event will require you to get your own tickets. Get them early (now is good) or be sad. Here is a link to the event https://www.hollywoodbowl.com/events/performances/604/2019-08-22/appalachian-spring/ And this should be a good direct link to the tix https://my.hollywoodbowl.com/syos/performance/3582 Seats are only about $8 I have purchased Section W2, Row 3 Seat 105 Pick a seat to the left, right, above or below. In this way we will take over this corner. This is where our Potluck Picnic will be too!!! This is flat bench wood seating so it also makes a great table too. Potluck Picnic Dinner at 7PM Show starts at 8PM Plan ahead for parking or transit. AND for the time it will take you to walk from your car all the way to our seats.. . at least 20 mins or more for that!! About the show: Aaron Copland’s "Appalachian Spring” captures the essence of an ideal America, one of open fields and endless possibilities. But when Copland began his Pulitzer Prize-winning ballet score in 1942, he couldn’t have foreseen that it would become one of the most inspiring and symbolic works of the century. In fact, he wasn’t even sure what the title would be. Copland said, “The fate of pieces is really rather curious…you can’t always figure out in advance exactly what’s going to happen to them.” While Copland was aware that the ballet would deal with pioneering American themes, his working title was simply, “Ballet for Martha.” Dancer Martha Graham had been commissioned to choreograph the ballet and danced the leading role. Copland readily admitted that the pastoral beauty of Appalachia wasn’t on his mind when he wrote the score: “I gave voice to that region without knowing I was giving voice to it.” Graham chose the title after Copland had written much of the score, though he said that her dance style must have evoked Appalachia. The music and dance were perfect complements; together they reflect youthful aspiration in the American heartland. An emotional highpoint of the score is a melody based on a traditional Shaker song, “Simple Gifts.” We hear a chorus sing the original hymn that provided Copland his inspiration, then listen to Copland’s beautiful solo vocal and instrumental adaptations. Throughout the work, Copland brilliantly weaves melodies that evoke simplicity and the “earnest but good-natured piety” of Shaker culture. Composer John Adams discusses the Shaker influence on American culture and how Copland allowed that to shape the piece. About Potluck and Drinkluck. Bring a dish and/or drink to eat and share. What should I bring? Are there assignments? No. It is left up to the fates. Bring what makes you happy and that will make other people happy too! I will bring plates, plasticware, napkins and a trash bag. So y'all don't have to worry about that. About Parking and getting there? All answers on this link https://www.hollywoodbowl.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/ Take a park and ride shuttle for $7 Take a hollywood bowl shuttle for $6 Take and Uber or Lyft and get dropped at the door (different story going home) Park in the lots. OR the smartest one: Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood Station and Shuttle, Uber, or Byrd or Lime Scooter from there. Did you even bother reading the link above? Do it!!! And for those who are still confused: Aaron Copland is NOT Stewart Copeland of The Police. It's gonna be a fun and lovely show. I look forward to you joining all of us in some great culture and a fab place on a stunning California evening under the stars with music and friends.
Hi all, I've been having fun posting Downtown Pasadena popup meets! So for all Pasadena-peeps in the area who might be in the mood come down to Lucky Baldwin's for some blue-collar British food, and a pint or two! Located in Downtown Pasadena off Raymond, this spot is popular and we'll be stopping by to see what the hype is about and doing more of a relaxed meet 'n greet. My plans to come around 640ish and try to snag the patio tables, and then we chill and have dinner for a couple hours. Look for an asian guy wearing a black chevy hat and a nametag (so it should be kinda easy to spot me!) Parking is a little tight in Pasadena, but I believe the street parking can be free after like 6pm and if thats too risky or you're lazy like me, there is paid structures nearby (like the one across the street above Amara, another popular spot!) Hope to see y'all there! Last time at Copa Vida was fun, but this time I'd rather have some dinner too! Also PS There are THREE Lucky Baldwin Pubs so this meetup is at the Old Town Pasadena One off South Raymond Avenue!
Lake Balboa / Anthony C. Beilenson Park
****Please read all the details below before RSVPing. Thank you. RSVPing Yes, you agree to the "Disclaimer/Release of Liability" listed below.**** COUCH TO 5K I am training to work towards doing a 5K. It would be great to have people with the same goal and motivation. We will do interval training. I have never done this before so we will take it SLOW. Perfect for beginners. I have an app that will tell us when to run and when to walk. If you are serious and motivated to join me I’d love to have you there. This will be a weekly event. All levels welcome, but know that we will take it slow in the beginning. FINDING THE GROUP Turn into the park. Drive over the bridge and find parking. We will meet to the left of the playground under the trees where the picnic tables are. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY: • Don't be a flake by signing up and not showing up. • If you can’t make it to the event, change your RSVP to No. • Please, no dogs unless otherwise indicated in description. • If you choose to sign up for this event, you are releasing the organizers of this group from all liability in case of possible injuries. • The organizers of this group are not trained leaders. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. • Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions and abilities. • Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.