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Welcome! Come join me for historic house visits, museum explorations, architecture walking tours, and good camaraderie with design professionals and aficionados!

Each talk and tour is carefully organized for you. I will personally greet you at each and every event. You'll meet lots of new friends, make new contacts, and have a great time!

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Walking Tour of West Hollywood and the Architecture of Leland Bryant

Needs a location

$38.00

ONLY FOUR SPACES LEFT!
Join me, along with my intrepid co-host Eric Evavold ("Mr. Bullocks Wilshire), for a socially-distanced walking tour along the streets of West Hollywood for a look at the enchanting structures of Leland Bryant and other historically important buildings. (Yes, we can go outside for walks!) We are limited to 15 participants and will require masks along the route. Go to page 36 of the August 2016 edition of West Hollywood Magazine for a fascinating history of Leland Bryant's contributions to the magic of Los Angeles' revival architecture: https://issuu.com/wh-mag/docs/whm-autumn-2016

We'll start our approximately 2-hour walking tour from the 8300 block of Santa Monica Blvd. (Specific directions will be given when you RSVP.) Some of the highlights of our tour will take us along Fountain Avenue to view the Chateauesque and French Normandy styles that Bryant was known for, and then up to Sunset Blvd. to view the Art Deco gem of Sunset Tower, then past the Colonial House apartment building that Bette Davis, Clark Gable, and others called home. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water. The tour includes exteriors only.

The tour is $25 (plus $1.50 Meetup fee).

Private Tour and Luncheon at Calabasas' Leonis Adobe and Sagebrush Cafe

Needs a location

$63.00

Join me for a private tour of Leonis Adobe to view the restored estate of a wealthy rancher, a living history museum dedicated to restoring, preserving, and sharing California ranch life in the late 1880s. Our private tour will be conducted by the Leonis Adobe curator and historian, Dinna Rivera Pitt, who has lectured widely on the museum and her specialty, French Basques as Californios in the San Fernando Valley.

And we can't miss the animals that are part of the museum experience, representing an authentic ranch yard of the 1880s--goats, sheep, turkeys, horses, and cattle, oh my!

The tour is limited to 20 participants.

The tour and luncheon is $60, plus Paypal fees of $3. If you would like to avoid the Meetup fees, please email me at [masked] to pay by Venmo or check.

Once I receive your reservation, I will contact you for luncheon choices.

Please, no children or pets.

**Please note that 48 hours' notice for cancellation with refund is required.

Twilight Walking Tour of Chinatown:Celebration of Asian American Awareness Month

Join my fellow tour guide, historian and neon expert Eric Evavold and me in exploring the lore of L.A.'s historic Chinatown. The brilliance of the neon lights of Chinatown will regale us as we discover the past and present of the first modern American Chinatown owned and planned by the Chinese community. We'll view other historic neon delights of downtown Los Angeles along our way.

Specific directions on where to meet will be given when you RSVP.

We are limited to 20 participants.

Please, no children or pets.

The tour is $35 (plus Paypal fees). If you would like to avoid the additional $3 Paypal charge, email me at [masked] to pay through Venmo.

*Please note that all tours require 48 hours' cancellation notification for refund.

You will be asked to sign a waiver of liability.

Bunny Tales: The Life and Art of Beatrix Potter

Needs a location

$10.00

No children's author has captured hearts quite like the celebrated Victorian author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. Inspired by flora and fauna found in the enchanting English countryside, Potter wrote and illustrated 28 books, including the delightful universally beloved Tale of Peter Rabbit. While most people are familiar with her well-known children's titles, many are unaware that Potter's earlier work included scientific studies—a practice inspired by a lifelong love of nature.

Can't make it live? Register and a replay will be sent to you upon request.

I will email you via Meetup with the Zoom link three hours in advance of the lecture. If you do not receive the Zoom link (after checking your spam box, too), email me at [masked]. Please email me at least 30 minutes before the lecture if you haven't received your link.

I look forward to having you join me!

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Evening Open-Air Double-Decker Bus Tour of L.A. Architecture

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$73.00

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