Saturday, May 1: L.A. Conservancy/Modern Committee Picnic, at Vincent Lugo Park in San Gabriel
Event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., costs $15 --or $10 for members and $5 for kids -- but includes lunch AND a Coolhaus ice cream (done).
La Laguna de San Gabriel is a sand-filled "lagoon" of whimsical sea creatures handcrafted in the mid-1960s by master concrete artist Benjamin Dominguez.
La Laguna is more than just an amazing place; it's a great preservation success story. The playground was threatened with demolition in 2006 as part of a park expansion plan. After successfully rallying to save the playground, the grassroots Friends of La Laguna commissioned a groundbreaking study and preservation plan for this unique architectural treasure.
The Friends won a 2009 Conservancy Preservation Award for their Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan, and they just received a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to complete some repairs to the playground, which is now an official City of San Gabriel landmark.
Reservations are required; go to the Conservancy site here for more info. (Photo of La Laguna by Eloy Zarate.)
Sunday, May 2: "¡Viva el Cinco!" at the Autry.
Event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrates Mexico's music, dance, and folk art. Info:
Outdoor performances include mariachis, Mexican regional band, a ballet folklórico, and charros. The Bañuelos Charro Team return with their high-flying roping skills; the Hermanos Herrera band play original songs; the Ballet Folklórico México Azteca features a cast of dancers; the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program from the City of San Fernando unites world-class mariachi masters with community youth.
Also: a colorful shopping bazaar featuring artists and vendors similar to those found in traditional Mexican mercados; and a variety of children’s activities and art demonstrations led by museum teachers and local artist Lalo Garcia.
"Charros" -- got excited there for a second. But that's not the same thing as a churro. Which are delicious. I'm sure the charros are cool too.