Holiday Fun: A Brief History of Wrapping Paper


Get the full story of the history of wrapping paper here, compliments of The Atlantic!






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Holiday Fun: Who Invented Electric Christmas Lights?

On Christmas Eve 1923, President Calvin Coolidge presided over the lighting of the National Christmas Tree with 3,000 electric lights.

Learn who invented Christmas lights in this post from the Library of Congress blog!


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Holiday Fun: Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena, CA

Altadena’s Santa Rose Avenue, perhaps before it had become Christmas Tree Lane. Courtesy of the Pasadena Public Library. An automobile drives down Santa Rosa Avenue in 1925. Courtesy of the USC Libraries – California Historical Society Collection.An automobile drives down Santa Rosa Avenue in 1925. Courtesy of the USC Libraries – California Historical Society Collection.

KCET provides the story of “Christmas Tree Lane: The Origins of a Southern California Tradition.” Today, it’s one of the oldest Christmas lighting spectacles in Southern California and draws thousands of visitors during the weeks that the lights are on. They are traditionally lit in early December, stay on through January 1st, then are lit again for people of Eastern Christian traditions who celebrate on the Feast of the Epiphany.


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Happy Holidays!

Vintage card from the collection of the New York Public Library’s maps division. “The cartographic season’s greetings fall under the umbrella of what they call ‘cartifacts’—ephemera imbued with the essence of maps.” Learn more here.

Best wishes from the EngAGE team!


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News from NoHo SAC: 25 Year Retrospective Reception Photos

Last week, the North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony presented the opening reception for the 25 Year Retrospective art show for EngAGE’s Websites/Social Media Manager and Experience Talks producer/host Cynthia Friedlob. Cynthia is grateful to EngAGE CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter, EngAGE CAO Nancy Goodhart, and NoHo SAC Program Director Sara Debevec for hosting the show in the beautiful lobby gallery shared by NoHo SAC and the Road Theatre on Magnolia. The evening included delicious food from Porto’s and fine entertainment by keyboardist Rex Perry. In addition to celebrating 25 years of exhibiting art, the event also marked Cynthia’s 10th anniversary of meeting EngAGE CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter and her affiliation with the Experience Talks Radio Show, and her 70th birthday!

The exhibition runs until March 16, 2018. It’s open during regular business hours and prior to theater performances. Call to confirm: NoHo SAC (818) 985-2200, Road Theatre (818) 761-8838.

Reception photos by John Semper Jr. and Nancy Goodhart.


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News from Metro Chinatown: Winter Holiday Celebration

At The Metro at Chinatown Senior Lofts in Los Angeles, the Winter Holiday Celebration was fantastic! Residents enjoyed a beautiful afternoon eating, dancing, & socializing. The energy in the room was amazing and as you walked into the room you could sense such warmth from the community. Residents also enjoyed several giveaways provided by EngAGE and WSH Management. [Click to enlarge any of the photos.]

~Sandra Vargas, Regional Program Director


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Experience Talks Special Holiday Broadcast 12/25: A Bobbee Zeno Rewind Celebrating Kwanzaa

Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.


Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.



MONDAY 12/25 @ 4 PM PT


Lula Washington Dance Theatre presents its 2017 Kwanzaa Festival – two days of high velocity dancing and drumming, mixing African Dance, modern dance, cultural dance forms, and ballet in unforgettable ways. The celebration features a blending of Lula Washington’s youth dancers and the professional members of her world-famous international touring company.

This is a cultural holiday celebration, not a religious holiday observance. Lula’s program illuminates the seven principals of Kwanzaa, all of which advocate the development of families, children, communities, and individual well being. This is a family-friendly performance for adults and children alike. The youth dancers often steal the show!

Friday, Dec 29th @7:30 PM and Saturday, Dec 30th @7:30 PM

The performances are held in Lula Washington’s dance studio, 3773 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA CA 90016 in South Los Angeles. Parking is free in the LWDT parking lot.

Reviewers have called this one of the best holiday shows they have ever seen in Los Angeles! Get tickets here. $10.00 – $65.00

Lowell Steward, former President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, received a business degree from Santa Barbara College in 1941, then joined the Army Air Corps. He trained at the Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama.

In 1944, he was sent off to Italy with the famed all-black unit’s 100th Fighter Squadron where he flew more than 100 combat missions. At the end of WWII, Captain Lowell Steward was given the Distinguished Flying Cross.

However, despite the unit’s and his own impressive war records, Steward returned to a segregated United States, where he was denied a mortgage for a home because he was black. He responded by getting a real estate license so he could help others in the same situation. He studied while working as a railway baggage porter, then went on to have a successful 40-year career as one of the first black real estate brokers in Los Angeles County.

Lowell Steward died on December 17, 2014, in Ventura, CA, at the age of 95. More information here. Information about the L.A. Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen here.


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Tim Carpenter Visits Ireland

Join EngAGE CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter on his recent trip to Ireland.

“To be Irish is to know in the end the world will break your heart.” Headed to my homeland for the first time.

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

With Greg Berkoff [Dr. Gregory M. Berkoff, EngAGE CA Headquarters Board member]. In conversation with Dubiners at breakfast: “Let there be no consternation.”

At Kilmallock Gaa. Countryside by Irish rail.

An elder train rider: “It doesn’t rain in the pub.”

In Cork with Greg Berkoff.

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.” – Irish Proverb

“I never saw a man who looked
With such a wistful eye
Upon that little tent of blue
Which prisoners call the sky” – Oscar Wilde

In Galway.

Morning walk in Galway.

My last day on the Emerald Isle, I am fully smitten. “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw


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News from ACE/121: Holiday Art Market Photos

ACE/121 in Glendale, CA, celebrated the season this past weekend with a Holiday Art Market in the Gallery for residents, friends, and neighbors. Arts and crafts made perfect choices for hand made gifts. Looks like fun!

~ Marshall Ayers, Program Director


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News from the Team: Cynthia Friedlob Celebrates 10 Years with Experience Talks

From EngAGE CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter:

A lovely birthday and anniversary holiday lunch with and for Cynthia and her Mom at the storied Smoke House across from Warner Bros. Cynthia and I met 10 years ago when her Mom saw an ad for a class at the Burbank Adult School for radio writing and said she should check it out. I was the instructor. Cynthia is a better writer and writing instructor, but she never ever says so. Cynthia has an anniversary arts show opening at the NOHO Senior Arts Colony tomorrow night – she is a visual artist as well as running our websites, social media and blog, plus, did I mention, she’s a host/producer of the Experience Talks radio show? I am honored to be friend and colleague of Cynthia, and celebrate her. Happy birthday, my friend. [Thank you, Tim! Most appreciated. ~ Cynthia]

Cynthia, Tim, and Mom (Marian Friedlob) celebrate Cynthia’s 10th anniversary of her first commentary on Experience Talks, 25 years of exhibiting art, and her 70th birthday!

Please join us for the opening reception! More info here.


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