Today, Thursday, Feb 2
6-7:30pm–Public Hearing on Mayor’s Draft Consolidated Budget Plan in Lincoln Heights. The public is invited to review, ask questions and make comments on the proposal before it is approved. Location: Lincoln Heights Senior Center, 2323 Workman St. LA 90031. For more info, call David Elce at (213) 992-9621.
Monday, Feb. 6
5-5:30pm–Children’s Basic Sign Language at the Chet Holifield Library in Montebello. Learn to sign basic daily words. Class continues every Monday through March 6. No charge to attend. Library located at 1060 S. Greenwood Ave. For more info, call (323) 728-0421.
7-8:30pm–Disaster Preparedness Community Meeting in Cypress Park. Learn about the work of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and what to do & how to communicate when natural distasters like earthquakes, floods or wind storms occur. Location: LAFD Fire Station 44, 1410 Cypress Ave., LA 90065. Register at https://cert2-febmeeting2017.eventbrite.com .
Tuesday, Feb. 7
6-8pm–Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Community Meeting at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello. Get the latest project updates including preliminary findings regarding the Washington Boulevard routes, SR-60 alternative refinements, Measure M funding opportunities and next steps. Quiet Cannon is located at 901 Via San Clemente. Additional meetings will be held in South El Monte (Feb.8), Commerce (Feb. 15) and East Los Angeles (Feb.16). For info, call (213) 922-3012 or visit http://www.metro.net/eastsidephase2 .
6:30pm–Community Meeting Sixth Street Viaduct Mobility Park, Arts & River Commission at PUENTE Learning Center: 501 S. Boyle Ave. LA 90033. Attend & provide input into ideas for the design and amenities for the space under the new Sixth St Viaduct (Bridge) between Boyle Heights & downtown LA. For more info, call (323) 526-9332.
6:30-8pm–Guys Night Out at the Commerce Main Library. Don’t know what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day? Participate in trivia night for a chance to win gifts for yourself and your loved one. Food and alcohol will be served. Open to 21 and older. Library is located at 5655 Jillson St. For info, call (323) 722-6660.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
10am-4pm–LAPD Hollenbeck Div. Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Hundreds of police & public safety agencies take part in the American Red Cross’ annual friendly competition to increase blood donations. Location: Hollenbeck Police Station-Community Room: 2111 E. 1st St. LA 90023. Speed up the process by making an appointment & visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org /RapidPass to complete pre-donation reading & health history questions. For an appointment or more info, call (323) 342-4100.
3-5pm–Robotics Workshop: Shybot at the Anthony Quinn Library in East LA. Build your own Shybot, a robot that runs away from the light at this S.T.E.M. workshop presented in collaboration with LA Makerspace, Registration required;ages 8 & up. Library located at 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90063. For more info, call (323) 264-7715.
6:30-8pm–Noche de Canciones Clásicas with Margarita Luna at the East Los Angeles Library. The classy, multi-talented singer/musician will perform classic songs from Latin America, surrounded by exquisite art works by maestro Luis Villanueva from Ixtlan del Rio, Nayarit. Library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. LA 90022. For more info, contact Martin E. Delgado at firstname.lastname@example.org  or call (323) 264-0155
An Afternoon with Father Gregory Boyle Feb. 9 at Cal State LA. Rev. Gregory J. Boyle will read from and discuss his best-selling nonfiction book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, as part of Cal State LA’s Mind Matters Lecture Series. Time: 3-5pm. A book signing will follow the lecture. Free to the public. For more info, call (323) 343-4862 or visit http://calstatela.libguides.com/Events. Event location: Cal State LA Golden Eagle Ballroom, 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles 90032.
La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post-Millennials Feb. 9 (7pm) at LA Plaza de Culturas y Artes in Downtown LA. Author Dr. David Hayes-Bautista of UCLA explores Latino identity and what it means to be American in excerpts from his latest book. ayes-Bautista is currently Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the School of Medicine, UCLA. Free admission. LA Plaza is located at 501 N. Main St. LA 90012. For more info, visit http://lapca.org  .
Highland Park Pet Fair Feb. 11 at Herman Park: 556Via Marisol LA 90042. Vaccines, microchipping, info on free spay/neutering. Bring your pets, no reservation required. For more information, call (323) 254-5295.
Free Play Reading of “Linda” at Benjamin Franklin Library Feb. 14. La Linda is from East L.A. and obsessed with rock star Linda Ronstadt and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter. The play tells the story of finding your inner hero. Reading will also be held at Malabar Library (Feb. 15) and Robert Louis Stevenson Library (Feb. 16). Benjamin Franklin Library is located at 2200 East 1st St. L.A. 90033. For info, call (213) 972-8028.
Free Bell Gardens Valentine’s Day Dinner Feb. 14 at Bell Gardens Veterans Park. Make reservations for you and your friends and BG Valentino’s to celebrate friendship and love with a delicious meal. Time: 3:30-5:30pm. Ages 5-14. Park is located at 6662 Loveland St. For info, call (562) 806-
Valentine’s Day Festival Feb. 14 at the Bell Gardens Neighborhood Youth Center. Learn to bake yummy treats for the holiday. Time: 4-6pm. Open to ages 7-15. Fee: $2. Center is located at 5856 Ludell St. For info, call (562) 806-7667.
Update 2/06/16 to correct dates for Metro Gold Line Community Meetings in Commerce(Feb.15) and East Los Angeles (Feb. 16).