El Capitan Theatre

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor


The Walt Disney studios have announced that the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood will be hosting a limited return of two of this year’s most popular animated feature films, “Cars 2” (in Disney 3D) and “Winnie the Pooh” until Sunday, November 20, 2011. “Winnie the Pooh” will show daily at 10:45 am, 1:20 pm, and 4:10 pm; “Cars 2” in 3D will screen at 7:00 pm. In addition each screening of “Cars 2” will be preceded by a new Pixar animated short, “La Luna,” and each screening of “Winnie the Pooh” will be preceded by the Disney animated short, “The Ballad of Nessie.”

El Capitan Theatre
El Capitan Theatre

This all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Rooand last, but not certainly not least, Eeyore. For the youngsters a special treat will be Winnie the Pooh himself appearing live on stage! On Saturdays and Sundays there will be a special “Winnie the Pooh” breakfast at 9:15 a.m. “Cars 2” boasts an all-star voice cast that includes Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, John Turturro, Eddie Izzard, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Jason Isaacs and Joe Montegna and was directed by two-time Academy Award winner John Lasseter. The following guild members are invited to present their membership cards at the box office to receive complimentary admission to attend any of the scheduled screening with their families (up to four people): AMPAS, ACE, ADG, ASC, ASIFA, BAFTA, BFCA, CAS, CDG, DGA, HFPA, LAFCA, MPSE, PGA, SAG nominating committee and VES. For ticket information please visit www. elcapitantickets.com or call (800) DISNEY6.


Coming to the Gibson Amphitheater is Grammynominated performer Matisyahu (King Without a Crown, One Day, Light) on Sunday, November 20, 2011. Matisyahu will be doing a very personal acoustic show featuring his full repertoires including all his hit songs and new music. Moshe Peretz, a popular Israeli singer and composer, will join him on stage. The music will span Matis’ traditional reggae, hard-edged dancehall and New Wave hits to his new laid back pop-rock and acoustic folk-soul style. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Special tickets available $18. These tickets are available to young people who volunteer four hours of their time helping out in their community. (It’s on the honor system and they can decide what type of volunteering they want to do or go to www.ilcare.org to see opportunities). For more information call (818) 466-6454.


The Los Encinos Docents Association welcomes the public to a meeting with California State Senator Fran Pavley and a party of 10 who will be touring and surveying Los Encinos State Historic Park on Friday, November 18th from 2:30 pm. to 5:30 pm. The park has a long historyfrom an Indian village to a rancho where huge herds of cattle were raised to feed the local settlers and, later, driving their cattle to the 1849 California gold fields where they could sell them at inflated prices. Still standing is the adobe that Vincente De La Osa built during this period. However, the boom did not last and since the Rancho was located along the primary road through California, El Camino Real (Ventura Boulevard), Vincente established a small vineyard, raised some sheep and let out rooms to travelers.

When Vicente died his widow managed to hold on for six more years until she conveyed the 4,460-acre rancho to her son-in-law and daughter. The Rancho was later sold to two Frenchmen, Eugene and Phillipe Garnier. They added much to the Rancho and built a stone-lined pond in the shape of a Spanish guitar at the site of a natural spring; they also built a twostory limestone building which still stands to serve as a bunkhouse (pictured above). Later, the rancho was purchased at a sheriff’s auction and eventually passed to Simon Gless (note: actress Sharon Gless is a descendent). In 1869 Gless sold the rancho to his father-in-law, Domingo Amestoy.

This was the last time the 4,460-acre ranch was sold as a whole. In the coming years it would be sold a piece at a time. In 1916, 1,170 acres of land were sold from the Rancho and was later subdivided and became the community of Encino. It was in 1949, through the efforts of Mrs. Mary Stuart in mobilizing the local community, that this last remaining parcel of land, containing the De La Osa Adobe, Garnier House and spring were purchased by the State of California, and the Los Encinos State Historic Park was created. Today the pond is the home to several ducks and geese. My late husband and I used to bring a bag of bread crumbs to feed them.

There are also stations where food can be purchased. The tours offer a view back into the past as you stroll through rooms with period furnishings. Picnic benches under trees provide a tranquil place to sit, chat, read, or watch the fowl cavorting in the pond. In 1949, through the efforts of Mrs. Mary Stuart in mobilizing the local community to save the buildings from developers, the last remaining parcel of land, containing the De La Osa Adobe, Garnier House and spring were purchased by the State of California, and the Los Encinos State Historic Park was created. How tragic it would be if this park would be closed. Los Encinos Historic State Park is located at 16756 Moorpark St., Encino, California For more information please go to http://los-encinos.org

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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