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Community Calendar: December 12, 2013 – December 18, 2013

Today, Thurs. Dec. 12

All Day—Celebration of Virgin de Guadalupe Continues at El Pueblo Historic Monument/Olvera Street. Music, processions, and more take place all day.

4-9pm—“East L.A. On Ice” Holiday Celebration at the East LA Civic Center. Enjoy an evening of ice skating, concert, train rides, facepainting, magician and more. Join Sup. Gloria Molina, County Parks and Rec.,  & the East LA Chamber of Commerce for official tree lighting at 5:45 pm. Event continues Fri., Dec. 13th, 2-9pm with ice skating; Sat. Dec. 14 with a Winter Wonderland of festivities from 11am to 9pm, featuring a visit with LA Dodger Adrian Gonzalez, ice skating and more fun activities; Sun, Dec. 15, 9am-9 pm.

5-8pm—El Movimiento en Los Angeles Art Exhibit Closing Reception at the East LA Library. Includes discussions & opportunity to meet the people who helped shape the Chicano Movement and its struggle for equality and justice. Library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.

6-8pm—Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez Hosts Holiday Open House and Toy Drive. Discuss legislation, local issues & Learn about district service. Bring an unwrapped toy for a local needy child. District office is located at 1910 W. Sunset Blvd., Ste. 810, LA 90026. To RSVP or for more information, call (213) 483-5151 or email Stephanie.Wong@asm.ca.gov .


Friday, Dec. 13

6pm—Metro Presents: Dr. Pinch and the Pinchtones Swing Music Show at Union Station. Enjoy a night of dancing & listening to WWII-era swing music. The group will appear as part of Metro’s program of arts & entertainment at the iconic station, in the former Fred Harvey Restaurant. Free & open to the public. No reservation required. Two 45-minute sets beginning at 6 and 7pm. Union Station Fred Harvey Room: 800 N. Alameda St. LA 90012.

6pm—Monterey Park’s First Holiday Snow Village. The free event will kick off in front of city hall with the traditional tree lighting ceremony and appearance from Santa Claus. The nearby Barnes Amphitheater will have tons of snow for the whole family. Local schools will perform. Hot cocoa, cookies and cider will be provided. City Hall is located at 320 W Newmark Ave. For more info, call (626) 307-1497.


Saturday, Dec. 14

8am-3pm—City of LA Anonymous Gun Buyback at the LAFD Fire Academy/Frank Hotchkins Training Academy: 1700 Stadium Way, LA CA 90012. Receive up to $100 gift card for handguns, shotguns & rifles; up to $200 gift card for assault weapons as classified in California. No questions asked. Transport your firearms unloaded and in the trunk of your vehicle. For more information please contact: 1-877 LAPD 247.

9am-4pm—Public Hearing On Exide Technologies Shut Down Order at Cal State LA. SCAQMD is seeking to shut down the Vernon-based lead battery recycler for failing to control toxic air emissions. The public can testify, and listen to SCAQMD and Exide present their positions. A free shuttle service to & from the campus (every hour starting at approx. 8am) is being provided from the following locations: Hollenbeck Middle School—2510 East Sixth St Los Angeles 90023; Salt Lake Recreation Center—3401 E. Florence Ave Huntington Park 90255;  Maravilla Community Center—4919 Cesar Chavez Ave. Los Angeles 90022; Commerce City Hall— 2535 Commerce Way Commerce 90048. Hearing will take place in Cal State LA- Golden Eagle Building, 3rd Floor-5151 State University Dr.  LA  90032. Free parking in Lot C. For more information, contact the Clerk of the Board at (909) 396-2500 or email clerkofboard@aqmd.gov

9am—Free Used Motor Oil & Used Filter Recycling Event at California High School in Whittier sponsored by LA County Dept. of Public Works. Exchange used oil for free oil containers, oil filter containers, shop towels, and funnels while supplies last. School is located at 9800 . Mills Ave. Prepare items for drop-off by placing used oil filters in sealed plastic bags and storing used motor oil in leak-proof containers without mixing the oil with other liquids, including water. For more information, call Edna Gandarilla at (626) 458-6536.

Noon-4pm-Montebello Winter Wonderland & Street Festuval at Montebello City Park. Free children’s activities, rides, unique craft vendors, holiday snacks & more. Donate a toy for needy child. Sponsored by Montebello Police Gand Division Task Force. City Park is located at 1300 W. Whittier Blvd.

4-9pm—El Sereno Tree Lighting Winter Jubilee With Plaza de La Raza Student Ambassadors. Location: Huntington Drive between Van Horne and Poplar. Jubilee will include children’s activities and festivities. Toy giveaway while supplies last. Champurrado, cookies, pan dulce & more. Hosted by Councilman Jose Huizar & Comite Navideno. Sponsored by Wells Fargo, Jarritos, Cal State LA Federal Credit Union, Rabazob Waters. For more info, call (619_ 739-1786.

Sunday, Dec. 15

10am-6pm—Taste of Tamales Food Festival at Olvera Street/El Pueblo Historical Monument in Downtown Los Angeles. Taste a full variety of Tamales (a holiday tradition) provided by ethnic food vendors & restaurants in the LA area. Free Admission. Enjoy arts & crafts, musical groups, 10,000 free toys for children, cookbooks, free health screenings & a variety of vendors. Olvera Street merchants offer unique and traditional items for everyone on your holiday gift list. Olvera Street is located at Main St. & Cesar E. Chavez Ave., LA 90012, across from Metro Union Station.

12:30pm—Free Dia de los Payasos/Day of the Clowns Show. Starts with Mass of Thanksgiving at Santa Rosa de Lima Church: 4450 E. 60th St., Maywood 90270. Show will follow.


Monday, Dec. 16

5:30-8:30pm—Las Posadas at El Pueblo/Olvera Street, Nightly Through Dec. 24th. Depicts the nine-day journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem with singing, a candlelight procession, and the breaking of a piñata each night in keeping with Mexican traditions. Admission is free. Program runs from 5:30-8:30pm. El Pueblo Historical Monument is located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, in downtown L.A., across from Union Station. Enjoy great food & shopping while there. For more information, call (213) 485-8372 or visit www.calleolvera.com.



L.A. County Holiday Celebration Dec. 24 at the Music Center Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Choirs, instrumental groups, and dance companies representing the many cultures of Los Angeles celebrate the season with seasonally-themed music and dance. Around 1,500 performers from 35 groups will participate. Free admission. Doors open at 2:30pm, program runs 3-9pm. Free parking at the Music Center: 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown LA. For more information, call (213) 972-3099 or visit www.lacountyarts.org .


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