Community Calendar: March 29, 2012 to April 4, 2012

By EGP Staff Report

Today, Thursday, March 29
3:30-6pm—Audition for the Got Skills Talent Show to be held at the Barnes Park Amphitheatre on May 11. Open to musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and other artists ages 12-18. Location: Asian Pacific Family Center clubhouse: 9353 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead, 91770. To register or for more info, contact Nancy Trinh at (626) 287-2988 ext.154 or

4pm-5pm—Scrapbooking workshop at the Chet Holifield Library in Montebello. Capture important people and events. Bring some of your favorite pictures and ongoing projects. Some supplies will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Montebello Libraries. Library:1060 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello, 90640. Call (323) 728-0421.

6-8pm—Community Meeting to stop police impounds in Boyle Heights: Benjamin Franklin Library 2200 E. 1st. St, LA 90033. Hosted by Community Service Organization (CSO). An attorney from the National Lawyers Guild will be on hand to answer questions.

7-10pm—Film Screening and Community Discussion on  “The Apple Pushers,” a film that aims to change the discussion on street vendors. Location: Self-Help Graphics, 1300 E. 1st St. LA.  For more information, go to

Friday, March 30
6pm-Midnight—Comedy Concert to Benefit Familias Unidas at Steven’s Steak House at 6pm. Comedian Rudy Moreno will perform. Salsa and dancing. $25 ticket includes dinner, and can be purchased at, or mail check to Comedy Fiesta-Familia Unida – 4716 East Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022.

Saturday, March 31
9am-3pm—Too Toxic to Trash: Free Countywide Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup in the city of Lynwood. Los Angeles County residents can safely discard of household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. Location: Lynwood City Streets (intersection of Butler Ave. & Bellinger St, near Alameda).  For more information, call County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to or the Sanitation Districts of LA County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or

9am–11am—Women’s Fitness Hike at Deb’s Park with Maria from Azteca Training Center. She will lead a moderate hike up & down the hills of the park. Bring water, wear workout/hiking shoes. Free child care for ages 4 & up. Meet at the Audubon Center: 4700 N Griffin Ave. LA 90031. For more information, call (323) 221-2255.

9:30am-12:30pm—Learn how to Grow a Garden through the Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative. Participants can turn gardening into positive changes in their homes by helping to lower grocery bills and enhance opportunities to eat healthy food. Fee: $50 for series/$15 per class. Contact Melissa Gutierrez at (323) 687-0795,

10am-Noon—Cesar Chavez Commemoration & Peace Walk hosted by El Centro del Accion Social  at Villa-Parke Community Center: 363 E. villa St. Pasadena, 91101. Guest speaker: Victor Griego, nationally known political strategist with Diverse Strategies for Organization. For more information, call (626) 792-3148.

11am-4pm—Vintage Fashion Show and Tea at the Heritage Square Museum. View vintage or period accurate reproduction clothing and sample afternoon tea items. RSVP required, no ticket sales at the door. Tickets: $20 for Adults; $10 children 6 to 12; 25% discount to museum members. Museum is at 3800 Homer St. LA 90031. For more info call (323) 225-2700.

5pm—Attend The Neighborhood Music School’s Faculty Concert and bring in spring with a variety of great musical entertainment. Free admission. Music school is located at 358 Boyle Ave, LA, 90033. Concert will also stream live at

2-10:30pm—Monthly Public Star Party at the Griffith Observatory run by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. The whole family can get a look at the sun, moon, visible planets and other object, try out telescopes and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers. The observatory is located at 2800 E. Observatory Rd, LA 90027.

Sunday, April 1
2pm—Artist of the Month Program at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library featuring talk by photographer Janell Mithani in the Friends Room. She will discuss her book Bud: A Collection of Baby and Floral Art. Her photos will be on display through April in the first floor main lobby of the library. The library is at 318 S. Ramona Ave. Monterey Park, 91754. For more info call (626) 307-1368.

Monday, April 2

6pm—City of Commerce Library English Book Club will discuss The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong in the EOC Meeting Room. Sixteen-year-old Maya suspects there may be a relationship between her paw-print birthmark, her connection with wild animals, and strange events occurring in her tiny Vancouver Island community, where a medical research facility harbors big secrets. The meeting room is located at 2535 Commerce Way in Commerce. For more info call Cris Muñiz at (323) 780-1176.

Tuesday, April 3
8am-12pm—Free Workers Compensation Seminar to feature speakers Bob Yonowitz from the Law offices of Price and Phillips on “Wage and Hour” (Labor Law); Otto Cipolla from the Law offices of Cipolla, Calaba, Marrone and Wollman on “Workers Comp Defense Litigation Strategies”; Kirk Aguilera & Jeff Breskin from the Hays Companies “How to Control Your Workers Compensation Experience Modification Rate and Mitigating your Cost’s.” Seminar will be at DoubleTree By Hilton Los Angeles/Commerce 5757 E. Telegraph Rd. For more information call (323) 887-8100.

10am-2pm—Boyle Heights Sources Job Fair will take place at the PUENTE Learning Center, located at 501 South Boyle Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90033. For more info, call (323) 780-7546.

5-6pm—Family Storytime at Chet Holifield Library in Montebello. Children of all ages and their families are invited. Listen to stories, sing songs, and participate in simple art activities. Library is at 1060 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello, 90640. Call (323) 728-0421 for more info.

2pm—Reptile Show at the Cypress Park Branch Library. Children will learn about various reptiles. The library is located at 1150 Cypress Ave. LA 90065. Call (323) 224-0039 for more info.

Wednesday, April 4
4pm—LACMA Art Classes at the Cypress Park and the Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library. Children and families will take art classes, learn about various artists and create art through various mediums at the Cypress Park branch. Teens will create exciting and fun art projects with teaching artists at the Arroyo Seco Regional branch. The Cypress branch is located at 1150 Cypress Ave. LA 90065, call, (323) 224-0039. The Arroyo Seco Regional branch is located at 6145 N. Figueroa St. LA 90042, call (323) 255-0537.

10:30am—Baby & Toddler Storytime at the Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library. Little ones 3 & under and their special grown-ups are invited to join us for stories, songs and more. The library is located at 6145 N. Figueroa St. LA, 90042, call (323) 255-0537 for more information.

4pm-5pm—Egg-stavaganza egg decorating workshop at Chet Holifield Library in Montebello. Children and their families are invited to join us for some fun with egg decorating. All materials and supplies will be provided. Library: 1060 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello, 90640. Call (323) 728-0421 for more info.

7:30-10:30pm –Stop by The Garvey Observatory in Monterey Park and meet members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, sign up for a free Telescope Making Class or look through the observatory’s telescope. The observatory is located at 781 Orange Ave, Monterey Park 91755.

Occupy Lives On! Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters on April 5, at 11am will feature a talk by East Los Angeles native and labor and Occupy LA leader Mario Brito. The forum, which includes a $20 lunch, will take place at the Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. To reserve lunch 626-798-0965, but walk-ins are fine for free program.

Bingo for Books will take place April 5, from 4-5pm, at Chet Holifield Library in Montebello. School age children and teens are invited to join us for an afternoon of bingoBooks will be given away as prizes. Library is at 1060 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello, 90640. Call (323) 728-0421 for more info.

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice hosts a free Zumba class April 5, from 8-9pm. Dance Zumba and learn about Green Zones at EYCEJ’s Community Room located at 5117 Kinsie st Commerce, 90040. Bring a water bottle, comfortable clothes, and a friend.

Archbishop Jose Gomez will preside over the Olvera Streets Merchants Association’s from 82nd Annual Blessing of the Animals on April 7 noon to 5pm at El Pueblo Historical Monument. Procession and blessing start at 2pm. Musical entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo  & information from animal care organizations. Take Metro to Union Station. El Pueblo is located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza in downtown LA. For more information, call (213) 625-7074.

Gustavo Arellano, bestselling author of the ¡Ask a Mexican! column in the OC Weekly, will discuss and sign his new book Taco USA at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on April 10 at 7pm. The book explores America’s century-long love affair with Mexican food and the impact Mexican food has on American palates and food industry sales. This free, public event will take place at  501 N. Main St. LA 90012.

CicLAvia 2012-L.A.’s biggest family-friendly street festival will take place on April 15, from 10am to 3pm. 10-miles of streets are closed to cars and opened for you to walk, jog, bicycle, roller skate and enjoy Los Angeles in a safe and fun way. For more information, visit

Pan American Bank’s Community Financial Literacy Fair on Saturday, April 14, from 10am-2pm. The fair will provide community members with information and resources related to financial matters as well as other critical services. Nonprofits are welcome to participate, and volunteers are needed. The event is free to all. Call (323) 264-3310 for more info.

Call the Theodore Payne Wildflower 24-Hour Hotline — (818) 768-3533 — to find the best places to view wildflowers in Southern California, including in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Atwater Village, Glendale, South Pasadena and Pasadena. Information also available at The hotline message is narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Spano (Hill Street Blues, Apollo 13, NYPD Blue) and updated Thursdays with new information on more than 90 wildflower sites. The hotline is a public service of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants.

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