The former home of John McGroarty (journalist, playwright, poet laureate and congressman) is now McGroarty Arts Center, providing classes in music, dance, theater, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and writing. Program levels range from preschoolers to seniors, and all at a very low cost. Check the center’s calendar for art sales and concerts. This historic Tujunga “rock house” is also just a neat place to visit. The surrounding park is dotted with ancient oak trees, a perfect spot for picnicking and creative reverie. 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga. (818) 352-5285, —Suzy Beal

LA Weekly