Last night I received notice of a special celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. At the Los Angeles Baha'i Center they will celebrate the 100th year anniversary for the founding of the Los Angeles Spiritual Assembly. That notice indicates that nine or more Baha'is were living in Los Angeles in 1909, three years before Abdu'l-Baha came to the United States.
Abdu'l-Baha got down to southern California during his visit. He stopped at the graveside of Thorton Chase, the first American Baha'i. That graveside is in an Inglewood cemetary. There is a special service at that graveside every September.
I plan to attend both the anniversary celebration at the L.A. Baha'i Center and the graveside service in Inglewood. I will reflect on both later, here on my blog.