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What’s Up in November

Thanksgiving is around the corner, which makes this a great time to think about giving back. In the spirit of giving, here are some great volunteer opportunities, in addition to some fun fall activities around LA.

Midnight Mission

I recently teamed up with a group at my Sotheby’s Los Feliz office and volunteered with downtown’s Midnight Mission and was so impressed by the work they are doing to help the city’s homeless population. The Mission has special holiday events that need support as well as ongoing volunteer hours. I highly recommend checking them out.


Me with my Sotheby’s volunteering crew

LA Regional Food Bank

You can help get food to the city’s hungry by lending a hand to the LA Regional Food Bank any time of year. But if you get involved this month, you’ll be just in time for their annual Operation Gobble, making a special effort to ensure our city’s residents don’t go hungry this holiday season.


If time is short or volunteering isn’t your thing, Time Out has a great list of charities and organizations around our city that you could considering donating to. Every little bit helps!

Things To Do Around Town

Craft Cocktail Lesson

OUE Skyspace LA is hosting a holiday cocktail lesson Saturday, Nov. 4, where you can learn how to make 4 different holiday drinks to share with family and friends this season. The event will also include a DJ, holiday crafts, food + drinks, admission to all levels of OUE Skyspace LA and yes, one ride on the glass Skyslide.


The 12th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk

Join thousands of Angelenos on a casual all-day stroll along Beverly Blvd. from downtown to West Hollywood on Nov. 18th. The annual event starts at 9am and lasts until approximately 3pm. It’s free and open to all – don’t forget comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure.


Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

Back for its second year, the nighttime experience at Descanso Gardens offers a magical family-friendly outing that includes a mile jaunt through gorgeously-lit areas of the garden. Enchanted: Forest of Light will run nightly from November 19 through January 6 (except for Christmas Eve and Day). Tickets are $28-$30, timed and must be purchased in advance, but it’s a whole new way to experience the Gardens.


LA County Tree Lighting at Grand Park

The official lighting ceremony for LA County’s Christmas tree will be held on Nov. 27 at DTLA’s Grand Park. The event is free and there will be free hot chocolate and holiday songs performed by two chamber music ensembles: Brass Pacifica and the Antelope Valley Master Chorale. Plus, the entire park will be decked out with holiday cheer.


Top 10 Happy Hour Spots for November

Not interested in making your own? Luckily, OpenTable pulls together a handy list of Top 10 happy hours around town each month. Get out of your weekly routine and try someplace new, or a new neighborhood.