Today, Thursday Nov. 15
4:30pm—The City Terrace Library presents Loteria – Mexican Bingo and Poetry. Bingo players ages 12-18, join us in a game of Loteria. Mexican riddles and poetry will be discussed. The Library is located at 4025 E. City Terrace Dr. LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 261-0295.
5:30-7:30pm—“Building Occidental: The Road to Eagle Rock” Screening, Exhibit Tour & Reception at Occidental College as part of the college’s 125th anniversary celebration. “The Road to Eagle Rock” tells the story of the formative years of Oxy-1887 to 1914- in a pictorial essay. Occidental College Gallery:1600 Campus Rd, LA 90041. For more information, visit http://www.oxy.edu/events/road-eagle-rock-exhibit-tour-reception
Friday, November 16
4:30-6:45pm—Metro Holiday Toy Express and ABC7’s Spark of Love Toy Drive Come to Union Station. Commuters traveling through Union Station are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate at platform 7 (tracks 13 and 14), where they will see the dazzling holiday train, Santa, live music and more. For the full schedule of the Holiday Toy Express, visit metrolinktrains.com.
7-10pm—Self Help Graphics Hosts The East LA Society of Film & Art (TELA SOFA) –The Journey Within Music Festival with performances and entertainment by renowned author and poet Luis J. Rodriguez, the Frida Kahlo High School music program, L.A.’s son jarocho favorites Cambalache, Andean inspired cumbia rock band Hijos de la Tierra. $10 donation. Proceeds support TELASOFA’s programs. Self Help is located at 1300 E. First St., Boyle Heights 90033. For more information, call (323) 881-6444.
Saturday, November 17
8am-2pm—Free Electronic Recycling Drop-Off Event at the Glassell Park Recreation Center: 3650 Verdugo Rd. LA 90065. Recycle your old televisions, monitors, computer systems, copiers, fax machines, mp3 players, printers, cell phones, wires, and anything with a plug (except large appliances). No alkaline batteries or light bulbs. Proceeds benefit the park. Hosted by LA Parks Foundation.
8am—Attend LA Mayor’s Community Budget Day with DONE and Neighborhood Councils, and provide critical feedback on budget items which directly affect local neighborhoods. RSVP and register online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MCB_Day_2012 or call (213) 978-1551. Location: City Hall, Board of Public Works Rm, 200 North Spring St. LA 90012.
10am-2pm—Home Expo & Home Rescue Fair at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park. Information and resources for first time homebuyers; learn how to qualify for $55,000 in assistance. HUD authorized Housing Counselors can help to troubled homeowners. School: 6400 N. Figueroa St. LA 90042. For more information, or to RSVP, go to www.mhdcca.org or call (323) 722-3955.
10am-2pm—Friends of Cypress Park Library Hosts Big Saturday Used Book Sale. Thousands of used, near-new, and occasionally rare and out-of-print books, CDs & DVDs for all interests, on sale. Proceeds benefit the Cypress Park branch library: 1150 Cypress Avenue (at Alice Street), in Cypress Park. Call (323) 224-0039 for more library information.
2pm & 3:45pm— The Montebello Library Presents Two Free Showings of the film “The Brick People” at 2pm and 3:45 pm. The Brick people tells the story of Mexican immigrants who lived and worked at the Simons Brickyard, formerly located on the border of Commerce and Montebello. Discussion follows screenings. Library: 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello 90640. For more information, call (323) 722-6551 and ask for Rosemary Gurolla.
Sunday, November 18
6:30am—City of Commerce’s Annual “Turkey Trot,” a 5k run through the Rosewood Park neighborhood. All ages invited. Check-in 6:30-7:45 am; 5k starts at 8am. Buy a souvenir t-shirts for a nominal fee. Register now. For more information, call the Sports Office: (323) 887-4432.
9:30am-5pm—“20/20 Vision” –The Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour, a self-guided auto tour featuring more than 100 artists in homes and studios in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mount Washington, and neighboring areas. Tour begins at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Highland Park, 90031. To purchase tickets ($10 in advance; $15 day of tour) or for more information, go to www.arroyoartscollective.org or call (323) 902-7875.
10am-4:30pm—The 22nd Annual Mariachi Festival at Mariachi Plaza-Metro Gold Line Station First St. and Bailey St. Enjoy live performances by Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Mariachi Voz de America, Mariachi Sol de Mexico and many more. In participation with The Boyle Heights International Farmers Market and Councilman José Huizar, CD 14. For more information, go to www.mariachifestival.info.
1-5pm—Save Glassell Park Pool Party Fundraiser. Event will feature swimming games, food, prizes, and more. Location: Glassell Park Recreation Center, 3650 Verdugo Rd LA. For more information, please contact Maggie Darett-Quiroz at (323) 788-1323 or email@example.com.
Entry Applications are being accepted for the 68th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1pm. Parade begins at Ave. 60 & Figueroa and ends at Ave. 50 & Figueroa. This year’s theme is “People Helping People.” Sponsored by the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. For more information, email HighlandParkChamber @gmail.com or call (323) 256-3151.
The 81st Annual Virgin of Guadalupe Procession and Mass will be held on Dec. 2 starting at 11am at the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave & Ford Blvd. In East Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholic faithful from diverse ethnic communities are expected to participate. Following the procession, a mass will be held at the stadium of East Los Angeles College. For more information, call Resurrection Church at (323) 268-1141.