Today, Thursday May 17
5-10pm—Monterey Park Celebrates its Birthday with Play Days –May 17-20 at Barnes Park. 4-day carnival will include a roller coaster, live entertainment, great food and a Play Day Idols contest. Play Day Parade is May 19-on Garvey Ave at 11am. Barns Park is located at 350 S. McPherrin Ave. (behind City Hall). For more information, call (323) 307-1390.
6-8pm—Metro & Caltrans Host SR-710 Study Open House in Eagle Rock. Hear about options to improve mobility and relieve congestion within the study area. Learn about the process and concepts under evaluation, including a “no build” alternative, improvements to local streets, more transit systems & freeway options. The open house will be held at Eagle Rock Elementary School: 2057 Fair Park Ave., LA 90041.
Friday, May 18
3-5pm—Calling all Bell Gardens’ 7-14 year-olds! Take a walk around Veterans Park, play tons of outdoor games and paint pictures of the beautiful park landscapes; all for just $1. Register in the Game Room. Veterans Park is located at 6662 Loveland St. Bell Gardens, 90201. For more information, call (562) 806-7654.
Saturday, May 19
10am-4pm—Southwest Museum Opens to the Public for the first time in many years to display some items from the museum’s expansive collections. Admission is free. Take the Gold Line to the Southwest Museum stop. The Southwest Museum is located at 234 Museum Dr. LA 90065.
10am-2:30pm—Highway to Health Family Wellness Festival at the Roybal Learning Center: 1200 W. Colton St., in downtown LA. Family event will showcase new and fun ways to incorporate nutrition and physical activity into everyday life. Free admission. Presented by: Network for a Healthy California—LAUSD and Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps.
Noon-5pm—23rd Annual Museums of the Arroyo Day, where five museums located along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors free of charge. Experience a diverse mix of art, architecture and history at the area’s five unique museums. Arrive early and take Metro to avoid the crowds.
1:30-6pm—5th Annual PEACE in the Northeast Day at the Sotomayor Learning Academy. Event includes: Family Resource Fair; peace vigil; peace walk leaves St. Bernard’s on Ave 33 at 12:30 pm; 5k run starting at 4pm at State Rio Park; live musical entertainment; family & sports activities and more. Sotomayor Academy: 2050 N. San Fernando Rd., LA 90065. For more information email NEPeaceDay@gmail.com.
2:30-3:30pm—Indian Un-curried: Indian Cooking Demo at the City Terrace Library. Join Chef Kaumudi Marathe of UnCurry for a cooking demonstration exploring the rich and diverse culinary traditions of India. Food samples included. No Charge. The library is located at 4025 E. City Terrace Dr. LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 261-0295.
3-5pm—Poets Steve Abee Leads Workshop for 2012 Lummis Day Library Program, AKA “Viva Poetry,” at the Arroyo Seco Public Library. Unearth the secrets of your mind and create a cycle of poems using inspired writing techniques. Free admission. The library is located at 6145 N. Figueroa St., LA 90042. For more information, call (323) 255-0537.
4-11pm—Peace and Dignity Journeys 2012 Concert Fundraiser at the Maravilla Handball Courts: 501 Mednik Ave, LA 90022. Proceeds benefit the Peace and Dignity Journey ceremonial run to unite, strengthen, heal and honor indigenous communities from Alaska to Argentina. Enjoy great food, music, poetry and theatre. Suggested donation: $5-$15. For more information, email Tochtli.Diea@gmail.com or call (323) 717-2764.
Tuesday, May 22
4-5pm—Make Sushi out of Candy Workshop at the Anthony Quinn Library: 6965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave., LA 90063. Kids can eat their creations at end of workshop. Ages 8 to 17. For more information, call (323) 264-7715.
4pm—Mandarin Chinese Class at the Lincoln Heights Library. English speaking adults and teens can learn Mandarin Chinese in a group setting. Class starts with the basics, and focuses on the oral Chinese language. The library is located at 2530 Workman St. LA 90031. For more information, call (323) 226-1692.
White Memorial Medical Center’s Certified Stroke Center’s First Free Annual Community Stroke Symposium on Thurs. May 24. Learn the signs and symptoms of stoke, what to do when it happens, and how to prevent a stroke. For caregivers, stroke survivors, and people with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or stroke in their immediate family, and those concerned about stroke and heart disease. Free blood pressure screening. Location: Olivet Chapel at White Memorial Medical Center, 1720 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. To RSVP, call Cynthia Garcia at (323) 268-5000, ext. 8588 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Bell Gardens Intermediate School-Environmental Garden Club Farmers Market of the year is May 26 from 9am to 1pm (rain or shine) on the Soccer Field. Buy a bag of organic produce for just $1. Market specialties: organic produce, healthy snacks, plants, rummage sale, crafts, entertainment, information booths and more. School is located at 5841 Live Oak St., Bell Gardens, 90201.
Tickets on sale for the May 29 Lummis Day fundraiser from 7-9pm at the Lummis Home: 200 East Ave 43, LA 90042. Enjoy food from local restaurants, beer, wine and soft drinks; silent auction of wines, artwork and collectibles. Tickets: $30 in advance/$35 at the door. Buy tickets online at the www.lummisday.org, or at Galco’s -5702 York Ave, or Antigua Café -3400 N. Figueroa St.
Learn How Your Credit Score is Created at the East L.A. Chamber of Commerce business Seminar Luncheon on May 30 at Tamayo Restaurant: 5300 E. Olympic Blvd., LA 90022. $20 per person. For more information or to RSVP, call (323) 263-2005, or email info@EastLAChamber.com.
8th Annual El Sereno Community Resource Faire on Sat. June 2 from 8am to 1pm at El Sereno Middle School: 2839 N. Eastern Ave. LA 90032. Hosted by Farmdale Elementary, El Sereno Middle School and Wilson High School.
The Northeast LA community of Hermon on June 2 will celebrate its 100-year anniversary as part of the City of Los Angeles. Festivities will take place at Hermon Park: 5569 Via Marisol, L.A. 90042 from 11am to 4pm. BBQ and watermelon feed, fun kid’s activities, crafts, storytelling, art show, live entertainment and a large display of Hermon artifacts and pictures dating back to 1904. Tickets for “Hermon’s Hidden Treasures” tour on June 3 will be on sale
Free 2012 Tire Recycling Event for LA residents on June 2 at the North Central District Yard: 452 N. San Fernando Rd. LA 90031. Dispose of old and used tires: up to 9 per person per trip; passenger & light truck tires only; no tires on rims. Bring current DWP bill and/or CA driver’s license to verify residency. For more information, call (213) 485-3568.
Non-profit BIENESTAR is participating in the California Music Festival and AIDS Walk on May 20 and is seeking sponsors to help them raise money for the organization’s health promotion and community mobilization programs. To find out how to sponsor BIENESTAR’s Oscar de la O, go to http://takeaction.aidshealth.org/site/TR/Events/General?px=1242756&pg=personal&fr_id=1110
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