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In our weekly LAistory series we take a look at the people, places, and events in our city's amazing history. Our topics range from the long-forgotten, old familiar, or completely new to Angelenos, and hopefully our work reminds you that although our city is rich with history. Some of you may want to learn more and do your own this week we're bringing you some cool historical events that are happening that can help take you back in time. And in the meanwhile, if you have a person, place, or event you want to see covered in LAistory, use the comments to let us know! Our detectives will get on the case.


Photo of Heritage Square Museum by Ken Johnson from 2007, used with permission

Highland Park Heritage Trust's Old Fashioned Picnic
Help celebrate 25 years of architectural preservation, education and advocacy in the Northeast Los Angeles area by taking a trip back in time on the lawn of the Heritage Square Museum. The Highland Park Heritage Trust is hosting an old fashioned picnic, which will include family games such as three-legged races, sack races, and blind man's bluff and even a cupcake contest. Your admission gets you a hot dog (including the option to anachronistic and have a veggie dog), lemonade, and a tour of the Heritage Square Museum.

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Sunday, Octber 12 | 1-5 p.m. | Adults $10; Kids $5 or under 5 are free

Raise Funds for the Restoration of the Rialto Theatre
A screening of "Local Color"--the soon-to-be-released film about a young art student and his elderly genius mentor--is taking place tomorrow as a fundraiser for the historic Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena. The screening is presented by the California Art Club (the film was done by artist and CAC member George Gallo) and is just one of the art-related events the organization is sponsoring with the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as part of Rialto Visions: Icons & Landmarks of South Pasadena. Rialto Visions will kick off on the day of the screening with Club artists setting up their easels for a plein air “paint-out” of the 1925 theatre and other sites within the city, which is open to the public for participation. Selections from the event's artwork will be put on exhibition and sale at the SoPas Gallery in November. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director and filmmakers. The Rialto closed its doors in August 2007.

Screening: Sunday, October 12 @7:15 p.m. | Tickets: $10 (Purchase at the door)