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Community Calendar: Jan. 21, 2016 – Jan. 27, 2016

Today, Thurs. Jan. 21
5-7pm—Commerce Veterans Resource Center Grand Opening. The center will focus on providing information to reintegrate California veterans into the workforce and communities. Time: Location: Commerce Library at 5655 Jillson St. For info about becoming a trained volunteer, call (323) 722-4805 ext. 2851.

6pm—County Park Assessment Workshop at the Commerce Senior Center: 2555 Commerce Way. Sessions are an opportunity to provide input into future improvements & changes to local parks.

Friday, Jan. 22
3-8 pm—Weekly Boyle Heights Farmers Market brings you organic fresh fruits and vegetables, hot foods, packaged nuts and legumes, and variety of jewelry by artisans. Family-friendly entertainment. Location: Mariachi Plaza Metro Goldline Station, 1st St and Bailey. For more information, call (323) 526-9307.

Saturday, Jan 23

8:30am-4:30am— Arroya Vista Family Health Center Information and Enrollment Fair. Need health insurance? Visit Arroyo Vista to learn about enrollment eligibility. Must bring proof of income, California ID or driver’s license or U.S. passport, legal resident card or certificate of citizenship. A second fair is  scheduled for Jan. 30. Center is located at 6000 N. Figueroa St. L.A., CA 90042. For more info, call (323) 254-5221.
8:30am-12:30pm—Free Income Tax Filing Assistance at Cal State LA, Saturdays Jan. 23-April 16 through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. First come first served: Open to individuals who make $54,000 or less & need assistance preparing and filing tax returns. Help available to persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance. Location: CSULA Salazar Hall, Rm 343. For a campus map and directions: http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/maps/index.php

10am-2pm—Free Covered California Enrollment Fair at Cerritos College, hosted by. Sen. Tony Mendoza. Bring your current income, legal residency, and SSN copy to fill out the application. College located at 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650. Call (562) 860-3202 for more information.

11:30am-12:30pm—First of 5 Heritage Square Museum Free Gardening Workshops taught by Master Gardeners. Location: 3800 Homer St. LA 90031. For info, call (914) 420-5162 or email codirosel@gmail.com.

2-3pm—East Los Angeles Library Talk with Author Victor Villaseñor.  Renowned auther will discuss novels such as New York Times Bestseller “Rain of Gold,” “Burro Genius” and “Crazy Loco Love.” Free Admission. Library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. L.A. 90022. For info, call (323) 264-0155.

Sunday, Jan. 24
2:30-4pm—“Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer,” A Reading Performance by Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara in Boyle Heights. Eastside Chicano artist will read excerpts from his memoir “Stoke the Fire, Kiss the Flames.” Location: Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First St. Free Admission; to RSVP, email lupe@casa0101.org. For info, visit www.casa0101.org.

LA County Park Needs Assessment Workshop Jan. 28 at the Montebello Senior Center & Bell Gardens Veterans Park. Sessions are an opportunity to provide input into future improvements & changes to local parks. Montebello Senior Center (6:30pm) 1700 W. Victoria, Montebello; Bell Gardens Veterans Park (5pm), 6662 Loveland St. For more info, visit www.lacountyparkneeds.org

Free Book Reading & Signing With U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Jan. 28 at the Cal State LA 2016 Jean Burden Poetry Reading. Herrera is the first Mexican American to serve as a U.S. poet laureate. From 2012 to 2014, he was poet laureate of California. Herrera is a performance artist and an activist on issues affecting migrant and indigenous communities & at-risk youth. Doors open at 5:30pm for reception & seating. Where: CSULA Golden Eagle Ballroom, 5151 State University Dr. LA 90032. For more info, call (323) 343-4140.

Public Hearing on Exide’s Draft Closure Plan and Environmental Impact Report Feb. 3. Dept. of Toxic Substance Control taking comments on the draft closure plan for Exide battery recycling facility in Vernon. Public comments must be submitted by Feb. 12. Approval of a closure plan would begin cleanup and deconstruction of the building. Location: Commerce City Hall, 2535 Commerce Way. For info, call (916) 255-3883 or email waybe.loretzen@dtsc.ca.gov.

Recycled Resources for the Homeless Donation Drive & Free Distribution through Feb. 27. Recycled Resources is collecting items to help the homeless survive El Nino winter: clothing, jackets, blankets, tents, sleeping bags, shoes, socks, first aid & hygiene supplies, and lunches. (While supplies last.) Items can be dropped off every Saturday, 8-11am at 4104 N. Figueroa (meets on sidewalk in front of Public Storage) LA 90065. Items (while supplies last) will be distributed at same time & location. All donations are tax deductible. For more info: www.recycledresources.org

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