WHAT: Griffith Park Hike and Observatory Tour
WHERE: Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA
WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2014. 10am hike begins, 12:30pm meet at Griffith Observatory.
Join Rod Roddenberry and the Roddenberry Adventures team for a day of
hiking and exploration in Griffith Park. We will hike the rugged hills up to the Griffith Observatory where we will enjoy expansive views of Los Angeles. Participants will have the option to do a round trip hike, a one-way hike up to or down from the Observatory, or to drive to and from the Observatory for
the exploratory tour. The full hike is approximately 7 miles round trip and will take 5–7 hours, depending on how much time we spend exploring the Griffith Observatory. We will begin the hike at 10:00am, arrive at the Observatory around 12:30pm for lunch and exploration, and return back to our cars between 3:00pm-5:00pm.
We will meet at the Griffith Observatory Obelisk around 12:30pm, and stop at The Café at the End of the Universe for a cool drink and snacks/lunch. We can check out one of the shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and talk to amateur astronomers about what is currently visible in the sky.
There is no admission charge to enter the Observatory building. Please note that everyone will be responsible for paying for food and beverages purchased at the café (between $5 and $10 per person) and for tickets to view a show at the Planetarium (tickets cost $3 – $7 per person).
Griffith Park Hike and Observatory Tour Options:
Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from the group hike meeting location, to or from the Observatory for the ½ hikes, or to and from the Observatory if you are not hiking and just meeting the group for the Observatory portion of the event.
HIKE & TOUR SCHEDULE
10:00am – hike from Griffith Park to Griffith Observatory begins
12:30pm – meet at the Griffith Observatory Obelisk for lunch, show and exploratory tour
3:00pm – 5:00pm – arrive back to hike starting point
Griffith Park lies just west of the Golden State Freeway (I-5), roughly between Los Feliz Boulevard on the south and the Ventura Freeway (SR 134) on the north. Freeway off-ramps leading to the park from I-5 are Los Feliz Boulevard, Griffith Park (direct entry) and Zoo Drive. Approaching the park on SR 134 eastbound, take either the Forest Lawn Drive or Victory Boulevard offramps. From SR 134 westbound, take Zoo Drive or Forest Lawn Drive. After leaving freeways, follow the signs into the park. Click here for maps of Griffith Park
We’ll be meeting at the north end of the dirt parking lot on Canyon Drive at 10am. On the maps below the purple pin is our designated meeting spot. The parking lot often fills up so either arrive early or you’ll have to find Street parking a couple blocks south on Canyon Drive. walk to the meeting spot (Pin A on the map below).
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Visitors may approach the Observatory via the Vermont or Fern Dell entrances to Griffith Park. Please note that access via Fern Dell closes each evening at sunset. Click here for map of Griffith Observatory.
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ABOUT GRIFFITH PARK
Griffith Park is located in Los Angeles, CA in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain range. It is the largest municipal park with urban wilderness area in the United States with over 4,210 acres of both natural chapparal-covered terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas. The Park’s elevations range from 384 – 1,625 feet above sea level. It offers numerous family attractions, an assortment of educational and cultural institutions, and miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, and provides visitors an ideal environment for enjoyable recreation activities.
ABOUT GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY
Griffith Observatory is a Los Angeles icon, and a national leader in public astronomy. It is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin
Samuel Oschin Planetarium
On September 8, 1966, Star Trek premiered on televisions across America taking viewers on the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Join us at The Palm, West Hollywood for a special dinner to celebrate the premiere of a series that changed the way we looked at civilization, diversity and humanity, and experience one of Los Angeles’ most iconic restaurants before it closes its doors.
The classic steakhouse is known for the caricatures of famous faces that adorn the walls, including Gene Roddenberry. We will be sitting near Gene Roddenberry’s caricature to honor his vision and celebrate the premiere date of The Original Series.
Please note that this is an informal event and not a hosted party. Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry has made reservations for himself and a few friends and family. He is welcoming anyone interested to make your own reservations for this celebration. While he will be sitting at his own table, he will gladly make himself available to chat with any and all who attend.
Make your reservation early, as the restaurant will probably fill up. When you call The Palm, West Hollywood, let them know you are making a table reservation to sit close to Eugene Roddenberry’s table near Gene Roddenberry’s caricature on the wall so you will be seated in the same area. Call for reservations (310) 550-8811.
Well look forward to seeing you there!
Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Location: The Palm, West Hollywood
9001 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Dresscode: Business Casual
In Los Angeles, there is no better place to see and be seen than at The Palm. The Palm in West Hollywood has been a staple with celebrities since it opened in 1975. The Palm Restaurant in West Hollywood will close its doors on September 30th. They will open a new restaurant in Beverly Hills in November 2014.
The Palm’s philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations. That philosophy was born in 1926, when Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi opened the first Palm in New York City. Still owned and operated by members of the Bozzi and Ganzi families, The Palm continues to serve as a second home for countless patrons, thanks to the exceptional standard of hospitality established by our founders.
The Palm, West Hollywood
Roddenberry Adventures, Aquatic Capital of America, and Deep Blue Scuba & Swim Center are hosting an underwater cleanup to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day in Long Beach, CA at Alamitos Bay. Divers and non-divers welcome!
The Alamitos Bay Underwater Cleanup is a fun, family event to keep Alamitos Bay clean from debris and healthy for future generations to enjoy. The underwater cleanup will include a scavenger hunt and Trashy Diver Contest where divers can win fun prizes, including Star Trek items and dive gear. In addition to the underwater cleanup, participants and attendees can relax on the beach, check out commuity outreach and education exhibits, enjoy snacks and beverages, and win exciting door prizes.
EVENT AGENDA – Saturday, September 20th
7:45/8:00am – divers arrive
8:15am – mandatory dive safety briefing followed by an underwater scavenger hunt and Trashy Diver Contest briefing
9:00am – diving begins
9:00am – festivities and event announcements begin.
2:00pm – event ends
Door prizes will be announced throughout event.
(NOTE: Agenda is subject change prior to event. Stay tuned for the latest information).
Join us for this fun event to celebrate our oceans and help keep our local waterways clean!
This is a one-tank shore dive with a sandy bottom. In order to dive you will need to bring your own scuba gear, including tanks and weights. Deep Blue will be providing gear rentals free of charge for this event but they are first come, first serve (due to the popularity of these events, they typically run out). Gear will be available starting Friday, September 19th.
There will be a mandatory dive briefing at 8:15am. Please plan accordingly as all divers will we need to unload gear and then park their cars prior to the dive briefing.
Deep Blue will have debris bags available, but you are welcome to bring your own. If you have a surface marker buoy, lift bag, reel, and knife you should bring that with you as well.
Divers will have the opportunity to participate in a Alamitos Bay Underwater Cleanup Scavenger Hunt during the underwater cleanup. There will be items hidden in the Bay with a numbered weight in the defined cleanup area. Each number is associated with a prize, including several fun Star Trek prizes.
Divers will also have the opportunity to participate in the Alamitos Bay Underwater Cleanup Trashy Diver Contest.
Trashy Diver Awards will be presentedfor trash collected during the underwater dive cleanup to raise awareness about the issue of pollution in our local waterways.
There will be a Trashy Diver Award will be given out for trash “Most Likely Found on the USS Enterprise,” and the “Most Unique Item.” Prizes include dive equipment and unique Star Trek items.
IMPORTANT DIVER INFORMATION
Divers must register to particpate in the underwater cleanup. Because it is a multi-agency event, there are multiple waivers for divers to sign. Luckily, you can do most of it online. All divers will need to complete a Roddenberry Adventures Release of Liability Waiver to participate in this event. If you have registered as a Roddenberry Adventures member in 2014, your waiver is already on file. To register for a free Roddenberry Adventures membership click here. After you’ve done that, click here to sign up for the event (and fill out the Dive Against Debris waiver).
California Coastal Cleanup Day is a statewide beach and coastal and inland waterway cleanup held throughout California each year, part of the largest volunteer cleanup in the world - International Coastal Cleanup Day organized by the Ocean Conservancy . Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over the world to take part in this event.
Join us at Alamitos Bay in Long Beach to take part in an underwater cleanup for California Coastal Cleanup Day the State’s largest volunteer event.
In 2013, over 58,000 volunteers removed almost 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways.
Deep Blue Scuba and Swim Center
Aquatic Capital of America
Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards
International Coastal Cleanup Day
California Coastal Cleanup Day
Event URL: http://www.roddenberryadventures.com/events/coastal-cleanup-day-underwater-cleanup-celebration/