While the monarchs are en route to the Ellwood Mesa Monarch Butterfly Grove, butterflies of a different sort return to Paradise Found from October 21st through November 2nd.
A universal symbol of transformation and hope, the butterfly has long been associated with the spirits of deceased loved ones in cultures across the globe. With this in mind, local artist Rebecca Zendejas approached Paradise Found in the summer of 2020 with the idea of creating a community memorial altar inspired by the celebrations of Samhain and Dias de los Muertos. Since then, the creation of the altar has become a beloved annual event.
The general public is invited to stop by Paradise Found and write the names of deceased loved ones on eucalyptus leaves, adding the leaves to the altar with butterfly clips. The shop is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm.
Community Memorial Altar information:
17 E Anapamu Street
11 am-6 pm, Daily
October 21st-November 2nd