Rancho Simi Community Park – Wed, Feb 20, 10 amFrom their website: This was the first community park built in Simi Valley, also known as the “Duck Pond Park”. This park has so much to offer. Here you’ll find a reservable amphitheater, barbecues, lighted basketball courts, horseshoe pits, uncovered picnic tables throughout the park, pre-teen play area, a tot lot, handicap accessible play area, restrooms, shuffleboard courts, soccer field, and tennis courts.
From the organizer David: Take 118 freeway to Erringer and go south. Park is at the corner of Erringer and Royal Avenue. Walk downhill at restrooms and meet at the lake near waterfall.
Here’s a VWS plein air paint-out coming up in January. Everybody is welcome, member and non-member alike.
Oak Canyon Community Park – Wed, Jan 16, 10 am
From their website: “This is one of the best parks in the area. The dog park in the back area is one of the best. Its spacious and your dogs will appreciate you with a yap and a smile. The amount of trails in the area will give you a great work out with some great scenery which your eyes will appreciate.”
From David, paint-out leader: There was fire damage in this area but there are still vistas to inspire paintings. I recommend you park in the lot for 1000 Kanan and meet at the back of the lot. There are rest rooms available in this area. Let David know if you can attend: watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net. He will look for you. If you are beginning plein air David can suggest what to bring with you.
For nearly a century, people have enjoyed leisure and recreation at this site. Named for Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Strauss, this park delights nature lovers and intrigues history buffs. Oak woodlands, a seasonal creek, easy trails, a lawn area, and an amphitheater provide a wonderful location or visitors of all ages to have fun outdoors.
Near the main house, you will discover an Italian terrazzo tile concert area (1939) where country legends Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson performed in the 1950s. Also, you will see the relic of an enormous outdoor swimming pool with a small stage in the center.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 1,400 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles representing more than 270 different species, of which more than 58 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Admission $21. 62 and older $18.
We have three plein air paint-outs coming up in October:
Paramount Ranch – Wed, Oct 3, 9am-12pm
Paramount Ranch offers several miles of easy to moderate scenic hikes through chaparral, riparian, and valley oak savannah plant communities. Equestrians and mountain bikers may access these multi-use trails. Wildlife sightings might include red-tailed hawks, acorn woodpeckers, blue heron and deer. Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.
Leonis Adobe Museum – Wed, Oct 17, 9am-12pm
Look for David. If you email David in advance at watercolorists (at) netzero (dot) net, he will look for you.
LA Arboretum – Sun, Oct 21, 10am-1pm
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a unique 127-acre botanical garden and historical site located in what was the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita in the city of Arcadia. Contact lizblum (at) mac (dot) com if you have any questions.