Angelenos seem to be embracing all sorts of old-fashioned things these days: knitting, pickling, making jam, absinthe cocktails. Why not return to a time when women gathered in the name of culture and public service? Since the 1890s, the Ebell of Los Angeles has brought together women who want to, as its mission statement says, “participate in and encourage the educational, cultural and social growth of the diverse Los Angeles community.” Housed in the historic Wilshire Ebell complex, erected in 1927, L.A.’s Ebell Club administers a college scholarship program and a program assisting women in need. President Shirlee Haizlip would like to attract new and younger members, in order to keep the good works going. 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., Mid-City. (323) 931-1277, —Lisa Horowitz

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