Rich Archbold: Rancho Los Cerritos celebrating 175 colorful, historic years of “Adobe Days” — Orange County Register

When she was just a toddler, Long Beach legend Jean Bixby Smith remembers what could have been a dangerous incident at historic Rancho Los Cerritos but fortunately turned out to be only an amusing one, instead…

via Rich Archbold: Rancho Los Cerritos celebrating 175 colorful, historic years of “Adobe Days” — Orange County Register

Why Go Green?

There are a variety of reasons to go green, but most come back to supply and demand. We have a limited amount of resources available and more and more people using them up. If we want our future generations to enjoy the same standard of living we’ve experienced, we need to take action.

Green building is a great place to start, as buildings consume 14% of potable water, 40% of raw materials, and 39% of energy in the United States alone (according to the US Green Building Council). That’s 15 trillion gallons of water and 3 billion tons of raw materials each year! If that’s not enough to convince you, here are some other reasons to go green:

For The Environment

Want to make the world a better place? Implementing green practices into your home or office can help reduce waste, conserve natural resources, improve both air and water quality, and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

For The Savings

Want to make your dollar go further? Green systems and materials reduce energy consumption, which in turn reduce your energy bills. They also increase asset value and profits and decrease marketing time; making your dollar go further for longer.

For Your Health

Want to live healthier? Green building isn’t just good for the environment; it’s also good for YOU. Sustainable design and technology enhance a resident’s overall quality of life by improving air and water quality and reducing noise pollution. According to a 2006 study by the Center of the Built Environment, University of California, green office buildings improve productivity and employee satisfaction in the workplace.

Wondrous Wildflowers at Grow Native Nursery Friday to Sunday

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Grow Native Nursery will feature California native plant sales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday at the botanic garden.

"Choose from a fantastic selection of flowers including baby blue-eyes (Nemophila menziesii), farewell-to-spring (Clarkia) and California poppies (Eschscholzia californica)," according to the botanic gardens Web site.

· Spring wildflower Walks on Saturdays and Sundays will take place at 2 p.m. from Saturday through May 16.

· Tours are $8 for adults; $6 for students and seniors; $4 for ages 3 through 12; and free for those under age 3.

· Tongva Living History will let visitors "explore the fascinating history and culture of the Tongva people, the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles region at the Garden’s Tongva Village Site," according to the garden’s Web site. The presentation will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tongva means "people of the earth."

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Grow Native Nursery is at 1500 N. College Ave. in Claremont. Information: 909-625-8767 or

The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

It was a Sunday afternoon in 1974 when a black-suited Claretian missionary known as Father Pat walked into the monthly meeting of the Long Beach Cactus Club looking to make a deal.

"Turn the sunny dirt patch next to his home at Dominguez Rancho Adobe into a cactus garden, Father Patrick McPolin said, and you can use the state historic site’s carriage house for all of your future meetings."

So begins Laura Randall’s story on the unlikely 36-year relationship between a cactus club and a missionary.

The garden makes up just a small corner of the ranch, which is now a historical museum run by heirs of the original owner, Juan Jose Dominguez. The cacti are not labeled, but who needs labels when you’ve got blooms like these?

The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, 18127 Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez; (310) 603-0088 or The grounds are open for free guided tours every Wednesday and Sunday, as well as the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each month.

Local Native American Tribes and the Venice Connection

Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm the Venice Historical Society has scheduled a slide show and lecture on <<…>> as part of their Quarterly Lecture Series. The talk will be given by Barbara Lonsdale, VHS resident and VHS Board member, who is part Native American, part historian, part naturalist and a natural comedian.

Barbara will speak about local Native American tribes, the Tongva and the Chumash. Learn about their fascinating culture and how they fit in with Venice’s own unique history including strong ties with Abbot Kinney himself. There will be items on display including their medicinal plants, games, musical instruments and tools.

Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Library
501 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California, 90291.
Ample parking is available at the library.