Community Calendar: October 6, 2011 to October 12, 2011 Issue

By EGP News Report

Today, Thursday October 6
1-2pm—Tenants  Rights Workshop. Are you low-income and facing foreclosure, eviction, substandard housing conditions, or other housing problems?  Learn about your rights and receive free legal services from a trained advocate at Center for Law and Justice. Location: Health Net Community Solutions Center, 5055 E. Whittier Blvd., Eat LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 266-7770

5:30-8:30pm—Community Forum on Impact of Traffic Pollution on Human Health, particularly on those living or going to school near freeways or busy roadways. Health, science, transportation & environmental experts will answer questions and provide information on asthma, lung function, cardiovascular disease, as well as new information on autism and diabetes. The forum will be at Progress Park Plaza, located at 1550 Downey Ave., Paramount, 90723. RSVP with Carla Truax at or (323) 442-2745, and leave your name, organization, phone number and email.

6-9pm—Monterey Park Community Mixer hosted by the city’s Community Relations Commission at El Encanto: 700 El Mercado Ave, Monterey Park. Residents can enjoy entertainment, light refreshments and get to know their neighbors. For more information, call (626) 307-1388.

Friday, October 7
10am-4pm—Descanso Gardens Fall Plant Sale, featuring a variety of lush plants just in time for the fall planting season. Pick a favorite from the Descanso landscape, or an unusual conversation piece. Continues Saturday, same hours in the Lake House Nursery. Free admission to the sale. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit

Saturday, October 8 11am-11pm—Explore Urban Art at LA Art Machine’s Los Angeles International Urban Art Festival being held at LA Plaza de Culturas y Artes in downtown LA. Includes live art & sound installations, dance workshops, performances, video photoage, fashion and much more. Artists include, Codak, Mear One , Cryptik, Absnt, Amy Kaps, Jennifer Vanderpool, Milecee. Music: Bacchanal Soundsystem: Dub, reggae; House of Vibe with Westside favorites mixing a versatile range of blues, jazz, funk, rock, reggae and latin rhythms into a smooth blend of acoustic artistry. Free Admission. LA Plaza is located at 501 North Main St, LA 90012. For more information, call (888) 488-8083.

Saturday, October 8
10am-11am – Commerce Library staff will hold a Starbucks Reading Day, sharing and reading their favorite children’s books, holding a puppet show, and a raffle in the last ten minutes. Non-caffeinated drinks and snacks will be available, as well as coffee samples for the adults. The event will be at the Starbucks on the corner of Washington and Atlantic Blvd.

10am-2pm—USC and White Memorial Medical Center Community Health, Wellness & Safety Fair at the East Los Angeles Occupational Center, 2100 Marengo St, LA 90033. More than 40 vendors will provide health screenings, cooking and physical fitness tips, and safety information. Government and community agencies and organizations will give out information on dozens of health and social services. L.A. residents of all ages can attend. Services include: free flu shots (ages 9 years and older on a first-come, first-served basis), body fat and cholesterol screenings, dental checks, diabetes screening, hypertention and osteoporosis screenings, and important health information on dealing with and managing Alzheimer’s disease, asthma and arthritis, cancer, mental health, nutrition, and physical fitness. The event is open to the public and free to attend. For more information, call (323) 442-3572 or email

10am-1pm—Volunteers Needed for Recycled Resources for the Homeless monthly outreach and engagement effort in Northeast Los Angeles, including Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, S Pasadena, & El Sereno (depending on turnout). Includes basic training on mental illness, LA’s homeless population, substance abuse, communication, and safety. Teams deliver items to people in need & gather vital information to connect people to services. For more information and detail on where to meet, visit

1-2:30pm—Award-winning Halau O Lilinoe a me Na Pua Me Kealoha brings the warmth & spirit of Hawaii to the Autry National Center at Griffith Park. Arrive early for an interactive workshop on lei making and basic hula. Autry members free/$10 general admission/$6 students. The Autry is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, LA 90027. For more information, call (323) 667-2000 or visit

Sunday, October 9
10am-3pm—CicLAvia Returns! 10.5 mile of LA area streets will be closed to cars but open for safe walking, bicycling, skating and jogging. CivLAvia’s route travels from Boyle Heights to Downtown LA, to MacArthur Park and to East Hollywood, Chinatown, and South LA. For more information visit or call (213) 365-0605.

3-7pm—ChimMaya Gallery’s Annual Dia de los Muertos Group Exhibition will feature artists from the US Southwest and Mexico, along with resident artists and works by new artists. Features Maria Kane, whose exhibit blends her Korean/American heritage, world travels, and the fusion of Chicano Art influences. Exhibit includes paintings, Dia de los Muertos Catrinas (Mexico), photography, video, wall graphics, and more. ChimMaya Art is located at 5283 E. Beverly Blvd, LA 90022. For more information, visit

Monday, October 10
All-Day – The Commerce Library’s In-N-Out “Cover to Cover” Reading Program begins today and lasts until November 19, 2011, and is available to children between 4 and 12 years old. Children who read five books will get a coupon free In-N-Out burger, and can get up to three coupons each. Register at one of the Commerce Library branches. For more information, call the library at (323) 722-6660.

10am—Free L.A. County Tax Assessment Seminar on Oct. 10 in Lakewood to assist property owners who feel their taxes should be lowered due to a decline in the value of their property. The 90 – minute seminar will be at 10am at Angela M. Iacoboni Library, 4990 Clark Ave., Parking at corner of Clark Ave and Del Amo Blvd. For more information, call (213) 974-7953.

Tuesday, October 11
8am-3pm—The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold its annual Diversity En Banc meeting in the Auditorium of the Ronald Reagan Bldg: 300 S. Spring St. in Los Angeles. This year’s theme is From Sprout to Stalk: How to Grow Diverse Businesses and features the CPUC’s five Commissioners, as well as state elected and appointed officials. For more information, go to .

Wednesday, October 12
6-7:30pm—“Stand Up and Speak Out!” Anti-Bullying and Anti-Cyber Bullying Community Meeting presented by the LAPD Northeast Division. The meeting will be held at the Sonia M. Sotomayor Learning Academies’ Multi Purpose Room located at 2050 San Fernando Rd, LA 90065. For more information, contact LAPD Northeast Community Relations at (213) 485-4528.

11:30am-2pm—Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce Installation Luncheon at the USC Galen Center: 3400 Figueroa St, LA. Event will include USC Professor George Sanchez as keynote speaker, preview of the film “East LA Interchange” which depicts the unique history of Boyle Heights, and the launching of the Boyle Heights Business and Community Directory. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ralph Carmona at (323) 726-7734 x12.

Upcoming Events
A Night at the Races & Live Auction in Montebello on October 13, to benefit MELA Counseling Services. Included social with betting booths, 6pm races, buffet dinner, and live auction following the last race. General Admission is $35 (Buffet Dinner & 350 MELABUCKS); Turf Club Admission is $50 (Buffet in VIP seating area & $500 MELABUCKS). Location:  Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640. For more information, call (323) 721-6855.

A Sustainable Garden Party will be at the Historic Lummis House in Highland Park on Oct. 15 from 10am to 4pm: 200 East Ave. 43, LA. Green-minded folk will enjoy a variety of speakers, workshops, music and children’s and activities. Proceeds will be used to restore the water-wise gardens that surround the historic monument. $10 suggested donation. For more information, call (323) 222-0546.

Eagle Rock Center for the Arts presents Karjam Saeji and Chaksam-pa, a program featuring Tibetan song, dance and opera on Oct. 16 from 2-4pm. Together for the first time, singer Karjam Saeji and Tibetan Dance and Opera Company Chaksam-pa share their stories with us and each other. Free admission, no RSVP required. Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is located at 2225 Colorado Blvd., LA 90041. For more information, call (323) 226-1617 or visit

TheMonterey Park Harmony Festival car show takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, with over 120 cars, including classics, domestics, muscle, customs, euros and imports, including a newly added bike demo. There will be a raffle, and trophies and prizes will be given out for the best of each car class. All of this is taking place at Barnes Park located at 350 S. McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park.

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Division of Adolescent Medicine offers free services for eligible youth and their families in the Northeast area of Los Angeles at the Cypress Park Family Source Center.  Services include: case management, mentoring, counseling, tutoring, field trips, arts (theater and urban art), boxing and other sports, parenting classes and more.  Services are provided Tuesday (10-12-year-old boys & girls); Wednesdays (girls only, all ages); and Thursdays, (13 and older, boys & girls). The center is located at 929 Cypress Ave, LA. For more information. call (323) 361-7512.

The Los Angeles County Public Library’s 32nd Annual Children’s Bookmark Contest entry deadline is Oct. 29. Bookmark contest entries should reflect this year’s theme, “Picture the Adventure — READ! / ¡Imagínate la Adventura – LEE!” Children’s designs will be grouped by grade level; Kindergarten-2nd; 3rd-5th; 6th-8th; and 9th-12. Bookmark Contest entries can be dropped off at the Anthony Quinn Library, located at 3965 Cesar Chavez Ave., LA 90063 or any county library. The winners at each library will be announced in November. Visit your local county library for more details.

Tickets are now on sale for the Garfield Alumni Foundation’s  49th Annual 5th Quarter Dance and Fundraiser on Friday Nov. 4 — same night as the Annual East LA Classic between  Garfield and Roosevelt High Schools— at the Quiet Cannon: 801  San Clemente in Montebello. Proceeds from the dinner dance benefit the Garfield Alumni Foundation Scholarship Program. Love music, and dance performances; Dj and more. Must be 21 or older. Doors open at 7pm, but you can arrive before, during or after the game. Tickets are $35 in advance/$45 at the door/ $25 after 10:30 pm with ticket stub from the game. Get advance tickets at Sounds of Music, 4956 East Whittier Blvd. LA 90022; ChimMaya Gallery, 5283 East Beverly Blvd. LA .90022. For more information, go to or  call Henry Beltran at (323) 728-9353

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