LA LIFE: Party Time, Beethoven, Festival, Gardens, Museums

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LA LIFE: Party Time, Beethoven, Festival, Gardens, Museums

This Lady Tomato is quite beside herself with glee that the Hats & Flats Garden party is only two weeks away. Be still my heart. Tomatoes simply must purchase your tickets for THE Garden Party of the season. You can explore Ludwig B’s career and influence at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The “California Strawberry Festival” is a berry perfect way to kick off your summer. The extraordinary & breathtaking “Gottlieb Native Garden” is open this Sunday to the public. And What’s a “MOTA Day”? I’ll tell you all about it. 

June 2. The Three Tomatoes Hats & Flats Garden Party

LA LIFE: Party Time, Beethoven, Festival, Gardens, Museums

The Chatsworth Manor Garden is being trimmed & pruned, the gifts bags, for the first ticket buyers, are filling up with superb items, the stage has been ordered, Lady Penelope (aka Penny Peyser) is preparing for her inspiring performance of poetry & sonnets and the legendary DJ, “EJ Buttercup”, is fine tuning the sound so his music will rock us genteel Ladies to the dance floor. And… the Lady of all Ladies, Lady Deborah, is counting the seconds till you grace her garden with your esteemed presence. 

Remember, only THE very finest of Los Angeles Tomatoes & their guests have been extended an invitation.  Guests will be treated to tasty bites, refreshments, champagne, music, gift bags, best hat contest and a few surprises. Space is limited to 40, so reserve your space for June 2nd and purchase your $10 ticket by May 27.

May 17-26.  BTHVN on Tour

LA LIFE: Party Time, Beethoven, Festival, Gardens, Museums

The DHL & Beethoven-Haus Bonn traveling exhibition “BTHVN on Tour” opening today at the Walt Disney concert hall features eight modules built around interactive multimedia displays with manuscripts, artifacts from his life, his viola, and one of his ear trumpets. It’s open to the public and it’s FREE! Wow Tomatoes!

There’s even an original print from Andy Warhol’s Beethoven series. The global touring exhibition’s stop in Los Angeles coincides with a series of Beethoven-focused concerts by the LA Phil.  You can visit the “BTHVN” exhibit Monday – Saturday and also during the same hours as the Music Center’s self-guided tour of Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as before concerts and during intermission for ticket holders to the LA Phil’s Beethoven series. Sounds like a great way to get up close & personal with Beethoven, Tomatoes.

May 18 & 19. California Strawberry Festival

LA LIFE: Party Time, Beethoven, Festival, Gardens, Museums

You don’t have to go too far Tomatoes to have berry good time (tee hee!). Where? The Annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, of course. It’s a weekend berry bash with a massive array of local & fresh strawberries, 50+ food booths serving traditional and surprising berry delicious treats and 200+ Fine Arts and Craft exhibitors. What else could a berry lover wish for… strawberry wine perhaps?! They got that too gals!

And “Strawberryland” is just what the doctor ordered for the kiddos. If you are worried about parking there are free park ’n ride shuttles that drop you off right at the gate and you’ll save on parking . Then you have extra cash to indulge and go berry wild tomatoes.  The CA Strawberry festival gives back in a myriad of ways gals, including college scholarships for children of strawberry field workers. So, ladies when you go to this festival you know that you are helping to give back to the Oxnard community.

May 19.  Visit the Gottlieb Native Garden

LA LIFE: Party Time, Beethoven, Festival, Gardens, Museums

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing urban oasis and native plant ecosystem in the heart of Beverly Hills.  It’s no wonder The Theodore Payne Foundation has created this special event “The Gottlieb Native Garden Experience”  so the public can see the beauty of a native garden landscape. 

And learn about the ecological benefits of going native.  The Gottlieb’s 1-acre backyard garden is a chaparral woodland with more than 200 native hand-selected plant species, some over 25 years old and 400 hundred documented wildlife species with a running stream and a very fine succulent collection.  I do love succulents!  It is one of the most renowned native gardens in California and has the special distinction of being both a National Wildlife Federation Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society designated Pollinator Habitat. On Sunday you can meet the owners-creators the Gottliebs and wildlife expert Scott Logan.  I wouldn’t miss this opportunity to meet these philanthropic environmentalists and hang in this exquisite home garden. Enjoy Tomatoes

May 19. MOTA Day

LA LIFE: Party Time, Beethoven, Festival, Gardens, Museums

The Arroyo Seco area of Pasadena and Los Angeles has a diverse mix of art, architecture and history as well as a variety of flora and fauna. The annual “Free Museums of the Arroyo Day” includes 6 wonderful historic museums that will open their doors to the public for a free day of special events, family fun & cultural happenings! I like them apples, Tomatoes.

AND you can explore all the MOTA museums with free connecting shuttles.  Woo Hoo! The ‘Museums of the Arroyo” include The Gamble House, Heritage Square, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden, the Pasadena Museum of History, and The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus. You can visit one or if you are so inclined you can squeeze them all in without it costing a dime. Ta Da!!

May 18 & 19. Super Adoption

LA LIFE: Party Time, Beethoven, Festival, Gardens, Museums

Well Tomatoes, a very special kind of love is waiting for you and I’m not talking about speed dating. You will find a loyal best friend and a sweet companion, who will love you even if your breath smells like dirty laundry, at the “NKLA Super Adoption” this Saturday and Sunday at Warner Park Woodland Hills. The perfect pet is waiting for you there, Tomatoes! You’ll meet over 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens available for adoption from more than 50 LA rescues and shelters.

The NKLA Super Adoption Event is hosted by Best Friends Animal Society and presented by BOBS from SKECHERS®, the event is one of six Best Friends super adoptions held throughout the country. Pets will be available from Los Angeles Animal Services, the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center, and dozens of other local rescues and shelters. Can’t adopt, that’s okay, just spread the word Tomatoes because this is a fun & family event with entertainment, pet-related vendors, food trucks, celebrity appearances, and


  • The Three Tomatoes LA Life editor, Debbie Zipp is your friendly guide to the best of everything in LA with a tomato style perspective. Debbie is an actor, producer, and writer. She is best known for her recurring role as Donna on the CBS series "Murder She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury. She has had many other TV and stage roles and has starred in over 300 national TV commercials. As head of In The Trenches Productions, Debbie produced, directed, acted in many short films for her company. Her book, The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known was recently published. Buy her book: The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known

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