From time to time someone nominates, and our board designates, an Altadena Heritage Area or AHA! An AHA can be a street, a neighborhood or a place that stands out for one reason or another and has fostered its own community.
It all started because Los Angeles is the only major county in California without a historic preservation ordinance, and we are always looking for a way to recognize and raise awareness of the wealth of interesting historic homes and neighborhoods in our town.
Altadena Heritage has held garden parties ever since its inception in 1988. In 2004, the Golden Poppy Awards were added to the annual Spring/Summer garden party event. These awards recognize gardens that “present to the street,” enhancing the community for everyone.
Altadena Heritage sponsors activities in many of the special and hidden places in this diverse and unusual community. Each spring we hold a Garden Event in one of Altadena’s outstanding private gardens.
In 2010, even though the Angeles Forest was closed, we arranged to take members to adjacent private land to see spectacular display wildflowers that bloom only following a fire. When we find a really worthy theme, we host a home tour.
One of Altadena Heritage’s most important missions is to foster a sense of community. We do this in a number of ways:
• Annual Holiday Celebration & Members Meeting
• Events at Altadena pubs and restaurants
• Home and garden tours