After the rains, it spores.

Upcoming Los Angeles Mycological Society (LAMS) event info…

1. Sat, Jan 19 10am-2pm: El Cariso “Big Woods” Foray
Recent rains have been the heaviest in the Santa Ana Mountains in three years. Indeed, this event is a rescheduling of a January 6th foray that was postponed due to rain. Although the rain is no guarantee of a bumper crop of fleshy fungi, LAMS will be holding its third foray of the 2007-08 mushroom season at the El Cariso “Big Woods” in the Cleveland National Forest to see what we can find. If conditions merit further collecting, we may visit other locations nearby. RAIN CANCELS!

Directions, contacts, further important info here.

2. Monday, Jan 21 8pm: Los Angeles Mycological Society Meeting
Special guest speaker: Dr. Elio Schaechter
Topic: How Mushrooms spread their spores, or: After The Rains, It Spores.

Dr. Elio Schaechter was Professor of Microbiology at Tufts University Medical School in Boston and is the author or co-author of many texts on microbiology. He also served as editor of the newsletter of the Boston Mycological Club for over 20 years. After retiring from Tufts he moved to San Diego and became a founding member of the San Diego Mycological Society. Dr. Schaechter is the writer of Small Things Considered, a microbiology blog, and has been a principle collaborator on the Registry of Mushrooms in Art. He is the author of In the Company of Mushrooms.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County- Times-Mirror Room
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Use Staff Entrance and Staff Parking
Refreshments Served. Bring your recent mushroom find to be ID’d–it could be edible, medicinal or poisonous!
For directions & more info please go to:

3. Feb 10: 24th Annual Wild Mushroom Fair, Celebrating the Beauty of Wild Mushrooms

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chester R. Leathers on “Mold, Mortgages and Mayhem”

Mushroom Cooking demonstration

Mushroom Cultivation demonstration

We will have experts on hand to identify any mushrooms you bring in.

Two mushroom walks or “forays” will be held on Saturday, February 9 to collect Wild Mushrooms for display at the fair. The public will be welcome to participate in the forays.

Sunday, February 10th, 2008. 10AM-4PM
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007

More info:

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in with Stephanie Smith.

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