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2022 Events

Saturday April 23, 2022

Venice Architectural Tour

This tour will bring us back to our event’s roots as we visit neighborhood architectural standouts, from VCH’s stunning new affordable development to lovingly crafted single-family homes by some of the area’s visionary architects/ designers/homeowners, including Angie Brooks/Brooks-Scarpa, Glen Irani, ORTIZ MEXIA PROJECTS Inc., Santiago Ortiz, Pentagon, Reddymade Design, M_Royce Architecture, and Smith-Clementi. A delicious lunch catered by Klein Kitchen will be enjoyed along the way.

Tour Leader: Teri Hertz

Saturday April 30, 2022

Inglewood Design Tour

We’ll explore the arts, culture and food of this rapidly-changing city that proudly hosted the Superbowl. Our tour includes visits to Residency Gallery, showcasing local artists of color; Gustavo Dudamel’s Frank Gehry designed Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA); three restored 1938 Rudolph Schindler architectural jewels with a lunch by local chef Joseph Brandon; and the studios of artist Charles Fine and architect Christopher Mercier.

Tour Leader: Nancy Griffin

Saturday May 7, 2022

LA Artists Studio Tour

Join art collector/consultant Cecilia Dan and art collector Marla Michaels as they lead a fascinating tour that begins at the architecture studio of Peter Tolkin and artist/wife Yunhee Min.

Enjoy a fun/delicious lunch at the Angry Egret Dinette by award winning chef Wes Avila.

Then visit Suay Sew Shop; A vertical sewing and production shop that produces products from a combination of post consumer waste, deadstock and domestically, organically grown fiber. See the process, learn about their programs and shop their incredible array of products.

Sunday May 8, 2022

Magical Malibu Mother’s Day

Spend Mother’s Day exploring the 40 acres of Xanabu, a mystical property in the western hills of Malibu that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Xanabu was designed by Tony Duquette, and it is flourishing under the stewardship of international architect and sustainability pioneer David Hertz and his wife Laura Doss-Hertz. David and Laura strive to maintain Xanabu’s original ethos to protect and preserve the beauty and harmony between nature and art. Bring your family and enjoy environmentally-conscious activities for all ages as well as a beautiful meal.

Tour Leader: Sylvia Aroth

Sunday May 15, 2022

Urban Farms Tour

We are thrilled for the opportunity to visit and explore beautiful Alma Backyard Farms in the heart of Compton. ALMA exists to re-claim lives of formerly incarcerated people, re-purpose land into productive urban farms, and re-imagine community as a place for people & plants to thrive. Alma’s wonderful farm stand will be open for shopping organic & locally grown fruits & vegetables, locally baked bread & pastries, pantry staples, sustainably made household items and more! Lunch will be served with ingredients grown at Alma and we will enjoy the musical styling of Grammy nominated cellist Aristides Rivas.

We’ll continue our Compton tour with a stop at Moonwater Farms, a micro farm devoted to urban agriculture and sustainability. Hidden on a quiet neighborhood street, we will explore Moonwater’s focus of engaging youth and residents of Los Angeles in the Good Food System being built across the city. As strong believers in food sovereignty and food justice, Moonwater is actively engaged in changing the narrative through education, dialogue, and practice. Moonwater provides a farm space for hands-on training that can inform future employment or study in the fields of sustainability, agriculture or aquaponics.

Temu Asyr Bey will be joining us at Moonwater. A Compton native, plant based executive Cordon Bleu trained chef, urban farmer, author and recently directed the work of the Compton Community Garden. He is renowned for using vegetables, fruits, and herbs freshly harvested from community gardens & locally grown as an essential part of the food he serves & classes he teaches. Temu’s  goal is to live and show others how to live a self-sustainable lifestyle. He has consulted on the development of multiple community gardens throughout Los Angeles.

Tour Leader: Donna Manders

Your donations are welcome and necessary!  Donations support the exciting, ongoing mission of Venice Community Housing (VCH) to create new housing and offer crucial programs as well as provide immediate and urgently needed support to VCH’s 500+ tenants who are hard hit and at risk during this difficult time.  For details on pending developments, please visit  Thank you for your support.

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