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Vintage Disney Storage Find #4 – Toys and Buttons!
The Storage search continues….today I opened up a box and found a few toys and buttons I had stashed. “Muppet Treasure Island” promo button, Disneyland Birthday Button, Happy Meal Toys, and a Buzz Lightyear 5 1/2″ figure with “The Big One” Rocket!
Here are the pics:
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First time in L.A.? Want the local experience?
I’m going to run down the beautiful San Fernando Valley for you. Here are some attractions, Points of Interest, good restaurants, and fun things to do. This list is nowhere near complete and things are constantly changing!
Don’t say there’s nothing to do and nowhere good to eat in the San Fernando Valley! Also, you”ll probably find a celebrity sighting or three if you get lucky.
Let’s start at Universal City, CA: Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal CityWalk with lots of places to eat/drink/shop on the hill, Firenze Osteria (Fabio from “Top Chef”) Italian restaurant,
North Hollywood: Television Academy, NoHo Arts District and it’s many theatre companies, The Federal Bar, Circus Liquor and the giant clown sign on Cahuenga, Los Angeles Valley College, North Hollywood Park, Tiki No Bar, Joe Peep’s Pizza, Bar One: a craft beer bar, Krua Thai restaurant,
Atwater Village: Atwater Village Theatre, The Village Bakery & Cafe Proof Bakery, Canele Restaurant,
Burbank: Warner Brothers Studios, Disney Studios, Burbank Media Center, Bob’s Big Boy, Johnny Carson Park, Market City Caffe Italian restaurant, Smoke House Restaurant, Burbank equestriain center, Pickwick Bowl, Colony Theatre, Ribs USA, Arnie Morton’s The Steakhouse – Burbank,
Glendale: The Americana at Brand Shopping Center, Autry Museum, Griffith Park, Forest Lawn (there are two cemeteries, one near Griffith Park and one in Glendale), Jax Bar & Grill, Griffith Park and the Observatory, Griffith Park Travel Town, Los Angeles Zoo, Tam O’Shanter restaurant, Damon’s Steak House, Mori Teppan Grill, Billy’s Deli – Glendale, (continue east on the 134 freeway to Eagle Rock and Pasadena)
Sun Valley: Hansen Dam Park, Georgio’s Pizza and Sports Bar,
Studio City: CBS Studio Center, The Village restaurant, CA DEL SOLE restaurant, Black Market Liquor Bar, Spark Woodfire Grill, Vitello’s Italian Restaurant, Loteria Grill, Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery, Fryman Canyon, The Six Restaurant, City Wok Chinese restaurant, Henry’s Tacos, Art’s Delicatessen & Restaurant, Firefly Studio City restaurant and bar,
Sherman Oaks: Sherman Oaks Galleria, Sherman Oaks Castle Park, Casa Vega, Westfield Fashion Square, Smoke City Market bbq restaurant, Delmonico’s Steak and Lobster House, Café Bizou restaurant, Blu Jam Café, The Getty Center, Skirball Cultural Center, Bamboo Cuisine Chinese restaurant, Valley Inn restaurant,
Van Nuys: Van Nuys Courthouse and historic district, Lake Balboa Park, Puro Sabor Peruvian restaurant, Swiss Chef restaurant, Salsa And Beer Mexican restaurant (Papas &Beer), Sepulveda Recreation Center, Japanese Gardens, Woodley Avenue Park,
Encino: Encino Commons, Okumura Sushi Restaurant, Sushi Hirosuke, Larsen’s Steakhouse, Versailles Cuban restaurant, Taj Mahal Indian restaurant, Balboa Sports Center, Los Encinos State Historic Park, Benihana Japanese restaurant, Yamato’s Japanese Restaurant, Aroma Bakery Cafe, Encino Velodrome,
Tarzana/Reseda: Tarzana Village, Le Sanglier French Restaurant, Fabrocini’s Italian Kitchen, Sushi Ichiban Kan, Bea’s Bakery, Superwok Chinese restaurant, Las Fuentes Mexican restaurant, Sol y Luna Mexican restaurant,
Northridge: Northridge Fashion Center, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC), Pacific Theatres Winnetka 21, A & W Seafood Chinese restaurant, Brent’s Deli, Mandarin Deli Restaurant (soup dumplings), (continue northwest on the 118 freeway to Simi Valley)
Woodland Hills: CA: Warner Center, Westfield Topanga Mall, Yang Chow Restaurant, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion restaurant, Pierce College: Farm Center, Arnie Morton’s The Steakhouse, My Brother’s Bar-B-Q, (continue west on the 101 freeway to Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks)
Drive Topanga Canyon south over the Santa Monica Mountains to Topanga State Park, Saddle Peak Lodge, and down to the Pacific Coast Highway for access to Malibu Beach,
Drive Mulholland Drive from Cahuenga Blvd to the 405 freeway at Sepulveda or vice versa. Great views of the valley day or night!
OTHER UNIQUE EATS (multiple locations):
In-N-Out Burger in North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, and Woodland Hills
Katsu-ya in Encino and Studio City
Cheesecake Factory in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills
Cupid’s Hot Dogs in Northridge and Tarzana
Tommy’s Burgers in North Hollywood and Van Nuys
Solley’s Deli in Van Nuys and Woodland Hills, Jerry’s Deli in Studio City and Encino
Mulberry Street NY Pizzeria in Encino and Sherman Oaks
El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills
Zankou Chicken in Tarzana and Sherman Oaks
There are numerous public and private Golf Gourses, Tennis Courts and Country Clubs in and around the valley.
There are also numerous city parks, bike paths, small dog parks and urban garden areas. The rehabilitation of the L.A. River is an ongoing project.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area http://www.nps.gov/samo has 500 miles of trails and spans 153,075 acres, the world’s largest urban national park!
Los Angeles Music Center – Downtown Los Angeles – Sunday Afternoon
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – 3,197 seats: Opened on December 6, 1964, with then twenty-eight-year-old Zubin Mehta conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
On Sunday, May 4, 1969, “Peace on Earth” by Jacques Lipchitz was dedicated in the plaza. His sculpture portrays a dove descending to earth with the spirit of peace, symbolized by the Madonna standing inside a tear shaped canopy, supported by a base of reclining lambs within the fountain. The architects of The Music Center, Welton Becket and Associates, opposed placing sculpture in the plaza between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Mark Taper Forum. However after a two-year search, the Art Committee of The Music Center commissioned Lipchitz. Today, no work of public art in Los Angeles is more photographed.
Mark Taper Forum Theatre – 739 seats: Opened in 1967, and renovated in 2007, the perfectly circular Taper features a distinctive design of a decorated drum with its exterior wrapped in a beautiful precast relief by Jacques Overhoff.
Downtown Los Angeles at night with City Hall in the background:
Ahmanson Theater – 1,600 to 2,007 seats based on configuration: Opened April 12, 1967 and renovated in 1994.
Walt Disney Concert Hall – 2,265 seats (photo from another day): Opened October 24, 2003, designed by Frank Gehry, Lillian Disney made an initial gift of $50 million in 1987 to build a performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney’s devotion to the arts and to the city.
The L.A. Music Center (officially named the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County) is located in downtown Los Angeles. The Music Center is home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theater, the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each year, The Music Center welcomes more than 1.3 million people to performances by its four internationally renowned resident companies: the L.A. Philharmonic, the L.A. Opera, the L.A. Master Chorale and the Center Theatre Group (CTG) as well as other performances, community events, arts festivals, outdoor concerts, participatory arts activities, workshops, and educational programs.