Where I'll be this Saturday Night...

Author Margo Candela, born and raised in Cypress Park, will serve as MC for the Cinco de Mayo "Lummis Day" Fundraiser to be held Saturday, May 5 at Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles, 90031) 6:30-9:00 pm.

Born and raised in Cypress Park, Margo received her first 14 years of formal education at local schools: Loreto Street School, Nightingale Middle School, Franklin High School and Glendale College. She left the neighborhood to earn a B.A. from San Francisco State. Publisher's Weekly described Margo as "an engaging writer" in noting the publication of her first novel, "Underneath It All," in January of this year. Her second novel, "Life Over Easy," is due for publication in October and she's currently hard at work on her third.

She will be speaking at The East Los Angeles Library on Wednesday, May 16th.

Margo will be introducing the fundraiser's line-up of entertainment, including a performance by Los Californios, who re-create California's rancho era with music and period costumes, a reading by poet Linda J. Albertano and a presentation by Mark Thompson, author of "American Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Rediscovery of the Southwest."

Collectors of memorabilia, art and books will find an assortment of rare items available for purchase at a silent auction.

Admission, which includes wine and refreshments, is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Guests who arrive early (by 5:45) can take a complimentary "topline" tour of the historic Heritage Square homes. All proceeds will help underwrite the second annual “Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles.”

To purchase tickets, email LummisDay@yahoo.com, log on to LummisDay.org, or phone 818-535-9178.

On Sunday June 3, Occidental College presents the second annual “Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles,” a free, public celebration of the multicultural spirit and rich history of the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods. The Festival will include events at Lummis Home and Sycamore Grove Park with ancillary events staged at other locations in the Northeast L.A. community.

“Lummis Day” is a community-building program designed to foster cooperative efforts among the Arroyo neighborhoods and create a framework for civic, creative and commercial growth in Northeast Los Angeles.

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