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Get Out: Hiking, Light Festival & Astronomy

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Hike some of the Backbone
The Backbone Trail runs about 60 miles from Will Rogers State Historic Park to Point Mugu in Ventura County. The Sierra Club was running the Backbone Trail Festival earlier this month, but that doesn't mean you can explore some yourself. Here's the beginners guide fro the National Park Service. For some other suggestions, Casey at Modern Hiker knows the area well.

Holiday Light Festival
There's one more week of vehicle free nights at the DWP Holiday Light Festival in Griffith Park. Walk one-mile under and by 26 displays of light displays of the city skyline, Venice Beach, the Hollywood Bowl and more.

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View the Stars Along with Jupiter, Venus and the Moon
And while at Griffith Park, head to the Griffith Observatory to check out Jupiter and Venus in the sky. They should "appear 2 degrees apart, which is about a finger width held out at arm's length," according to Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky and Telescope magazine. More info can be found on our earlier post.

Winterfest & Santa Parade
It's an all day affair in Hollywood with the family during festivities of Winterfest and the Santa Parade in the evening. Either you're going to enjoy or you're going to be stuck in traffic.

Day Trip Before the Work Week
We interviewed travel author Donna Wares on Wednesday about what to do this weekend if we wanted to take some day trips. If that's your style, maybe you'll head to Crystal Cove, Seal Beach or Temecula for some wine tasting. Read her interview here.

Classical On the Radio or In Person at Sundays Live
Tonight's free classical concert at LACMA features baroque music played by two recorders and a harpsichord. The concert includes works by Arcangelo Corelli, Paolo Benedetto Bellinzani, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Marco Uccellini, and an LAist favorite, Georg Philipp Telemann. If you can't make it down to the museum, you can listen online live at 6 p.m. or wait for the delayed broadcast on Wednesdays at noon on KCSN 88.5 FM.