With the holiday spirit in the air, ice skating can make for a perfect holiday family outing or date. A number of rinks are now open just in time for the holidays all across Southern California. KTLA's Gayle Anderson has the details in the 'Gayle On The Go' report.
Woodland Hills Ice
6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
818 854 4151
Ice skating! It’s a holiday tradition! Woodland Hills Ice, the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Southern California with 7,000 square feet of 100% real ice, waiting for you.
You say your skating skills are no so good? No problem! Skating programs are available.
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street
For the 17th year, Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square is open and ready for outdoor skating.
Skating and a variety of family fun are happening now through the New Year at the historic Pershing Square in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
The Rink in Downtown Burbank
North 3rd Street & East Orange Grove Avenue
818 238 5180
Skaters can enjoy The Rink in Downtown Burbank. Special events at The Rink this season include Ugly Sweater Mondays, '80s Night Wednesdays, and Thursday Night Fever. Performances by the Los Angeles Ice Theater are scheduled for every Saturday at 5:45 PM. Skating classes are available as well.
Soboroff Typewriter Exhibition
Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive
310 786 1000
Skate on over to the Paley Center for Media to see the SOBOROFF TYPEWRITER COLLECTION. Los Angeles civic leader Steve Soboroff has compiled the world’s most important collection of twenty-eight original typewriters from famous (and infamous) authors and personalities, including:
• The 1932 Royal Model P that Ernest Hemingway used to write letters during his time in Cuba.
• A tiny Imperial Good Companion Model T on which John Lennon banged out song lyrics years before the Beatles invaded America.
• The snappy red Underwood 4-Bank portable on which Orson Welles created the cinematic masterpiece Citizen Kane.
• Jerry Siegel’s Royal Portable Quiet Deluxe. Jerry said that "one of the little known stories of Superman is that he owes a lot of his existence to this typewriter…it was the only portable I ever had or used."
To Mr. Soboroff, a typewriter carries more meaning than the story of the hands that have touched the keys of the machine. "What the typewriter symbolizes now is timelessness, and also a slower, more thoughtful way of life," he said. "What is made these days that will be used 60, 70, 80, 100 years from now? I don't think there's anything, and these typewriters have hundreds of years to go."
"I love people who are the best at what they do," Mr. Soboroff said. "The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters … it gives me chills."
To read more about Mr. Soboroff and his collection, take a look at the Los Angeles Times story.
This exhibit is free and open to the public now through January 4th, 2015
Closes Sunday, January 4, 2015
Route 66: The Road and the Romance
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Known as as the “Main Street of America” and the “Mother Road,” Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 and became one of the most famous roads in America. The famed highway originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, covering a total of 2,448 miles. As a witness to history and a symbol for America on the move, Route 66 became a part of popular culture - it was immortalized in The Grapes of Wrath novel and film, the hit song (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66, and the Route 66 TV series in the 1960s.
Now on view at the Autry National Center through Jan. 4, 2015, Route 66: The Road and the Romance is an exhibition of more than 250 extraordinary artifacts that trace the history of the Mother Road and its impact on American popular culture. Route 66 travels the iconic road from its inception, through the Great Depression, to its heyday as a travel destination, and its decline and eventual displacement by the Interstate Highway System. The exhibition concludes with a contemporary look at the road and the movement for its preservation.
Route 66: The Road and the Romance presents historical artifacts from institutions and private collections across the United States, many displayed together for the first time. Read on for highlights of this remarkable exhibit, including special programs taking place at the Autry during the exhibit's run
Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change
Annenberg Photo Space
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change explores the human story of resilience, from adaptation for survival to ambitious infrastructure planning, in some of the richest and poorest of the world’s coastal communities. Rather than showing pristine architectural photography, the photographs present viewers with various human responses to changes in their landscapes due to sea level rise. Sink or Swim aims to foster critical dialogue through the provocative juxtaposition of diverse responses to a challenge shared by millions worldwide.
Curated by architecture writer and radio host Frances Anderton with the Annenberg Space for Photography, Sink or Swim features newly commissioned and archival works by photographers Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, Jonas Bendiksen and Monica Nouwens. This is the first exhibition for Annenberg Space for Photography to feature commissioned works. Through the work of this select group of architectural, fine art and news photographers, the exhibition casts an eye on both the problem of climate change in densely populated coastal regions and contemporary design as a means to navigate the changing landscapes.
Holly Cleeland's Holiday Studio
If you don’t have time to make your own Christmas decorations, artist Holly Cleeland will be glad to handle the creative chore for you! Cleeland is famous for animated holiday displays for your home at well as creative costume book GLUE AND GO COSTUMES FOR KIDS.
24th Annual Winter Fantasy
Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
If you’re looking for unique last minute holiday gifts, try the Sawdust Art and Craft Festival in Laguna Beach. It’s a winter wonderland, where more than one-hundred artists create, display, and sell one of a kind holiday gifts. In addition to your holiday shopping, enjoy entertainment, outdoor cafes, Christmas carolers and Santa Claus.
The Santa Train
Christmas Tree Trains
Fillmore & Western Railway Company
805 524 2546
The Fillmore & Western Railway is rocking and rolling this holiday season with its annual Santa Train Rides.
We’re invited to bring an unwrapped toy that Santa’s elves will give to the less fortunate. And, we can ride the Christmas Tree Trains to the Heritage Valley tree farms for a traditional sign of the season – a fresh cut Christmas tree.
Irvine Park Christmas Trains
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
714 997 3968
The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train is ready to take you on a holiday trip to meet with Santa and to take pictures at Irvine Regional Park. New this year, the Christmas Tree Ranch, where you can find hundreds of trees for your holiday decorations.
Dana Point IlluminOcean
Dana Point IlluminOcean lights up the Southern California shoreline with 40 nights of holiday lights. This wonderland by the sand features a brilliant spectacle of 22 oversized lighting sculptures containing more than 500,000 LED lights. This is free to the public for viewing nightly at sundown.
All five Flair Cleaners locations – from Burbank to Redondo Beach to Santa Monica to Studio City, and Valencia – are accepting donations of gently used or new clothing and shoes as part of its 12th Annual Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive. Your generous donations will be delivered to Helping Hands for the Blind, St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store, and National Council of Jewish Women Thrift Shop.
Duck the Halls at the Market Place
Tustin / Irvine
714 730 4124
Holiday Style OC
The Anaheim Ducks and the Marketplace in Orange County are team members this holiday season for “Duck the Halls.”
Families can enjoy three, 35-foot trees inspired by the Ducks team. Also enjoy Ducks inspired photo backdrops and opportunities to win tickets to a Ducks games.
Toys for Tots
Irvine Spectrum Center
The Market Place
This is the last weekend for the TOYS FOR TOTS toy drive. We’re invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the historic U.S. Marines Corps holiday program, which has been around since 1947 and has distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 200 million less fortunate children. In Orange County, look for toy drop locations at Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center, or The Market Place and receive a Holiday Savings Passport filled with exclusive offers.
Battle of the Bulge: A Pilot’s Perspective
Planes of Fame Air Museum
7000 Merrill Avenue, #17
909 597 3722
At the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge is being studied. Learn from World War II P-47 Thunderbolt pilots Tom Glenn and Sandy Ross how German dictator Adolf Hitler launched a counterattack against Allied forces in the freezing Ardennes Forest in southern Belgium and Luxembourg. Named for the 60-mile “bulge” the German blitzkrieg caught allied defenders caught off guard as more than 250,000 German troops and hundreds of tanks descended on their positions. A lack of resources and fierce American resistance eventually halted the German advance, but not before some 80,000 G.I.s were killed, captured or wounded—more than in any battle in U.S. history. Seventy years after the start of Nazi Germany’s last gasp attack at the Battle of the Bulge, learn eight surprising facts about the fight Winston Churchill called “undoubtedly the greatest American battle” of World War II. The battle also marked the first time the U.S. Army desegregated during for World War Two.
Largest Ever Veterans Assistance Event
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
And, our veterans are being remembered this holiday season at “STAND DOWN”, the largest community based program in the country. It offers homeless and at-risk California Veterans food, clothing, showers, haircuts, health, vision and dental care, housing and employment assistance, legal aid, counseling/treatment, benefits claims assistance, overnight accommodations, and other services. As many as two thousand former military men and women are expected to attend.
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Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.