What’s Up in November

Thanksgiving is around the corner, which makes this a great time to think about giving back. In the spirit of giving, here are some great volunteer opportunities, in addition to some fun fall activities around LA.

Midnight Mission

I recently teamed up with a group at my Sotheby’s Los Feliz office and volunteered with downtown’s Midnight Mission and was so impressed by the work they are doing to help the city’s homeless population. The Mission has special holiday events that need support as well as ongoing volunteer hours. I highly recommend checking them out.

Me with my Sotheby’s volunteering crew









LA Regional Food Bank

You can help get food to the city’s hungry by lending a hand to the LA Regional Food Bank any time of year. But if you get involved this month, you’ll be just in time for their annual Operation Gobble, making a special effort to ensure our city’s residents don’t go hungry this holiday season.






If time is short or volunteering isn’t your thing, Time Out has a great list of charities and organizations around our city that you could considering donating to. Every little bit helps!

Things To Do Around Town

Craft Cocktail Lesson

OUE Skyspace LA is hosting a holiday cocktail lesson Saturday, Nov. 4, where you can learn how to make 4 different holiday drinks to share with family and friends this season. The event will also include a DJ, holiday crafts, food + drinks, admission to all levels of OUE Skyspace LA and yes, one ride on the glass Skyslide.






The 12th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk

Join thousands of Angelenos on a casual all-day stroll along Beverly Blvd. from downtown to West Hollywood on Nov. 18th. The annual event starts at 9am and lasts until approximately 3pm. It’s free and open to all – don’t forget comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure.






Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

Back for its second year, the nighttime experience at Descanso Gardens offers a magical family-friendly outing that includes a mile jaunt through gorgeously-lit areas of the garden. Enchanted: Forest of Light will run nightly from November 19 through January 6 (except for Christmas Eve and Day).  Tickets are $28-$30, timed and must be purchased in advance, but it’s a whole new way to experience the Gardens.






LA County Tree Lighting at Grand Park

The official lighting ceremony for LA County’s Christmas tree will be held on Nov. 27 at DTLA’s Grand Park. The event is free and there will be free hot chocolate and holiday songs performed by two chamber music ensembles: Brass Pacifica and the Antelope Valley Master Chorale. Plus, the entire park will be decked out with holiday cheer.






Top 10 Happy Hour Spots for November

Not interested in making your own? Luckily, OpenTable pulls together a handy list of Top 10 happy hours around town each month. Get out of your weekly routine and try someplace new, or a new neighborhood.

What’s Up in October

Fall – and Oktoberfest – is officially in the air!  These are some of the things I’m looking forward to this month:

Smorgasburg LA

Every Sunday from 10am to 4pm, the Alameda Produce Market in DTLA is transformed into a bustling bazaar featuring food and shopping vendors. There’s vintage finds, crafts and dozens of unique vendors covering the 5-acre site, which is part of ROW DTLA.






Alpine Village Oktoberfest

Known as the oldest and largest Oktoberfest in Los Angeles, the Alpine Village festival in Torrance has been around since 1968. It started September 8 and runs through October 28th. While much of the fest is geared toward a 21+ crowd, Sundays are family-friendly all-ages days. Either way, it’s not to be missed!






Oktoberfest DTLA

New to the LA Oktoberfest scene is the Pershing Square festival, October 21 and 22. This year is the second annual Oktoberfest DTLA, which features staple German beers like Paulaner as well as a selection of local breweries. Food options also range from traditional brats and pretzels to more contemporary options like Thai-Mexican fusion. The event is all ages and admission is free.






Fall Hikes

While hiking is a favorite LA pastime year-round, there’s something extra special about hitting the trails on these cooler mornings or evenings. And as the days continue to cool down, it’s a perfect time to get reacquainted with nature. Time Out LA has a great list of some top hikes, from Runyon to Malibu’s Corral Canyon and of course, Griffith Park.







The Highlight Room

If German beer and lederhosen aren’t your thing this month, opt for a more intimate nightlife option with The Highlight Room at Dream Hollywood. The 11,000 sq. ft rooftop lounge (pool and grill) offers unparalleled views of the Hollywood Hills and the LA skyline. A great date spot and people-watching lounge with craft cocktails and Californian fare. Definitely a must-try!

What’s Up in September

September is a great time in Los Angeles with so much happening around town and the temperatures hopefully dropping soon. Here are some of the highlights that I’m looking forward to checking out this month:

Spire 73

If you’re a fan of whiskey, the “tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere” is a great date night spot with a ton of choices and spectacular views. The sun is setting earlier now, so it’s a perfect time to go!








Jim Gaffigan at the Theatre of the Ace Hotel 9/8 + 9/9

Comedian Jim Gaffigan brings his Nobel Ape Tour to the Ace for two shows each night.





Silver Lake Picture Show at Sunset Triangle Plaza 9/14

This free event is a fun way to get together with the community and catch a film. This month’s scheduled showing is “Scream.”






Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo, 9/14

An 18+ event at the zoo is a whole different experience. Roaring Nights features live bands, dancing by the carousel, food trucks and yes, a full bar.






Glendale Open Arts and Music Fest, Alex Theatre, 9/16

Another great free community event with music, art, beer and wine gardens in downtown Glendale.







Hope to see you out at one of these great events!