Los Angeles experienced only partial darkness during the Great American Solar Eclipse. Still, the city celebrated with its usual festive community spirit. There were free viewing parties at the Griffith Observatory and the Glendale Community College Planetarium, at the physics and astronomy centers of UCLA, Cal State Long Beach and the University of California at Riverside. National Park Services Rangers led hikes at the LA State Historic Park in Downtown LA and at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. The Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society set up telescopes at Swim Beach. You could ride the gondola to the 11,000-foot summit at Mammoth Mountain or take the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet) where the Mount San Jacinto State Park provided NASA-approved solar-viewing glasses and a telescope fitted with a solar filter.

And, of course, people gathered in backyards and gardens and rooftops everywhere, including at the High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach, where the drinks menu included charcoal-activated Bloody Marys, Cosmic Mimosas and Total Eclipse Mai Tais.

The next total solar eclipse won’t be visible in the United Sates until April 24, 2024. But you don’t have to wait until then to enjoy a Solar Eclipse cocktail. Here, courtesy of Jose Cuervo Tequila is a recipe.

Total Especial Eclipse

2 oz. Jose Cuervo Especial
2 oz. orange juice
1 tsp. grenadine
1/2 oz. charcoal lemonade (available at juice shops)

Shake tequila and orange juice and pour into a rocks glass over ice. Mix charcoal lemonade and grenadine and slowly pour into the cocktail. Garnish with lime wedge.

The smiling faces say it all: it’s great to be together again! In late June, the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority welcomed 18 executive meeting planners from across the country to the destination, marking the first assembly of a new customer advisory board (CAB) focused on meetings, conventions and trade shows.

 

Darren K. Green, senior vice president of sales and services for L.A. Tourism, is feeling bullish on the future of meetings and conventions in Los Angeles. Here’s what he had to say in a recent chat with California Meetings + Events.

CAM+E: It’s great to hear that groups of all sizes can now meet in Los Angeles. Are large groups being cautious about gathering again, or are you seeing signs of a robust and quick recovery? 

 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours.