In 1769, the Spanish Portola expedition, first Europeans to see inland areas of California, traveled north through Sepulveda pass into the San Fernando Valley on August 5 and stayed two nights at a native village near what is now Los Encinos State Historic Park. Fray Juan Crespi, a Franciscan missionary travelling with the expedition, named the valley "El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bolonia de Los Encinos" (The Valley of St. Catherine of Bologna of the Holm Oaks). All of Crespi's name was later dropped except "Encino".
Live music, food, local artist displays and adult beverages! Come and chill out at the Big Wave Car Wash Thursday Night 5-10 pm!
Randall Williams Art
Sin Fin Designs
Anna Nalle Fine Art
Shift Change Coffee Co.
Big Grandma's Kitchen
Copper Pan Jams
Xico Station Jewelry
Ian B Pottery
Yoga Six - Studio City
Faces of Sam
“Encino – An Homage”- EXPLAINED
August 5, 1769 marked the day the Portola Expedition came over the Sepulveda Pass, into what Friar Juan Crespi named, Rancho Los Encinos/Oaks).
The Mural highlights milestones and landmarks only in the city of Encino.
- The Acorn, or Oak nut is featured center, with saplings and roots sprawling throughout the original,
- Plat map of 1873.
- Jose Vicente de la Ossa, Founder
- Garnier building of 1869 - On Ventura Blvd., from the Garnier Brothers, from Encino’s French period.
- RKO Studios, aka Encino Movie Ranch (1929 - 1959) - Considered one of the Big Five Motion Picture Production houses along with MGM, Warner Brothers, Universal, and 20th Century Fox. Featured are four of their more familiar Blockbusters with actual movie posters of:
- 1933 "King Kong"- A Science-Fiction pioneer, breaking all the norms of Motion Pictures at the time.
- 1937 "Hunchback 2000 Encino Commons, of Notre Dame"– You thought you were in France…NOT! It was Encino.
- 1941 "Citizen Kane" – Epic film about the Media.
- 1947 "It's a Wonderful Life"-Featured the housing tract of homes under construction , bordered by Burbank Blvd., White Oak Ave., Ventura Blvd. and Louise Ave, in the movie.
- 1941 Sepulveda Dam & Recreation Center– Constructed after the 2nd flooding of Encino in 1938. Standing 57 feet tall, it can be seen from the 405 and 101 Freeways. The recreation area features three golf courses, a wild-life animal preserve, Japanese garden, sports complex, Balboa Lake & Reclamation plant, and even a remote-control airplane/jet field.
- Miracle Mile - A corridor of the Valley’s premier shops, specialists and eateries.
- 2028 Olympics - Featuring the Encino Velodrome and home of the 1961 and ’62 US National Championships in Cycling. During the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, it served as a practice space for the world’s Olympic Cyclists., It is till located on Oxnard & Louise today.
Our goal of $12,000 is a lofty one. Even with the generosity of Big Wave Express’ $6,000 contribution.
This Mural Production is expensive, considering the heavy equipment rentals necessary to tackle the job, and ensuring a Quality Team. The idea began early January of this year. January 10, 2021 is when , pen went to paper. When times weren’t looking as good as they are now. February 15th, the date of June 19th was selected for the unveiling. It is nod to Liberating our minds, emotions and bodies from the invisible “chains and shackles” many have been in since 2020, the year of Hindsight,
Your support means a great deal to all of the Artists and Production Team who sacrificed their time, blood, sweat and tears. Literally from January through June. Your appreciation goes a long way. May it be reciprocated in a manner that helps you!
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