Mega Millions 200K Winning Ticket Sold at Highland Park Store

April 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery and the estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing will grow to $83 million.

One ticket with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, was sold at Mario’s Liquor Store, at 5421 York Blvd. in Highland Park and is worth $205,234, a California Lottery official announced.

Five other tickets – two each sold in Ohio and Rhode Island and one in Maryland – also had five numbers, but didn’t have the Mega number and are all worth $250,000, a California Lottery official announced.

California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

The numbers drawn tonight were 2, 5, 15, 18, 39 and the Mega number was 42. The estimated jackpot was $74 million.

The drawing was the 10th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 175,711,536, according to the Mega Millions website. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 40.

The Mega Millions game is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

‘Habitat’ Explores Many Sides of NYMBYism at LATC

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From left to right: Sal Lopez, pictured left, and Nina Silver, center, share a scene with Susan Clark, right, in the play “Habitat”. (Habitat)

The opening of a group home for troubled adolescents in a quiet suburban neighborhood sparks a firestorm of protest from NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) residents on the street in Judith Thompson’s “Habitat,” a play opening this week at the Los Angeles Theatre Company in downtown Los Angeles.

Habitat is a powerful play about gentrification, youth and what goes on behind closed doors in gated communities. The production is a provocative look at the complex issue of what to do with young people who for a variety reasons, and with varying levels of social capabilities or dysfunction, have no where else to go. NYMBY concerns about property values, safety and criminal issued are not unwarranted, and provide a backdrop for the question of “if not here, where?”

Habitat is directed and produced by the Latino Theater Company’s artistic director, Jose Luiz Valenzuela, who most recently directed “A Mexican Trilogy,” winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award.

It stars Emmy® Award winner and Golden Globe® nominee Susan Clark as Margaret; Esperanza America, cited by the Los Angeles Times (1/4/12) as one of the city’s finest actresses, portrays Raine; Chance is played by Sal Lopez, cited by the L.A.Times as “beyond praise” for his work in “Dementia” at LATC; Nina Silver portrays Janet; and Paul Nguyen plays Sparkle.

Habitat opens Saturday April 20 and will show Thurs.- Sat. at 8:00 p.m., Sun. at 3:00 p.m, through May 12.  Tickets are General, $40; LATC Members, Students, Seniors, Veterans, Groups of ten or more, $20; Thursdays, $10- $15. The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. To purchase tickets or for more information, go online to

Community Calendar: April 18, 2013- April 24, 2013

April 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Today, Thur. April 18

April 18-20—Children’s Health Fair 2013 Sponsored by Arroyo Vista Family Health Center in El Sereno, 4815 E. Valley Blvd., LA 90032, From  10am-1pm. April 19 in Lincoln Heights (2411 N. Broadway, LA 90031) & April 20 in Highland Park (6000 N. Figueroa St, LA 90042). Free health screenings will be provided for children & adults. Services include: dental, vision, blood pressure, podiatry, hearing & Family Health Review screenings. Health Fair will include educational health exhibits and more. For more information, contact the Community Outreach Department at (323) 987-2028 or (323) 987-2007.

4pm—Road Map to High School College Prep Workshop at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library. Middle School Students & Parents will learn about grade point averages, honor and AP classes, the College A-G requirements & which extra-curricular activities to consider while in high school. The library is located at 803 Spence St. For more information, call (323) 268-4710.

Friday, April 19

7pm—13th Annual “Este es Mi México” Mariachi Concert at Roosevelt High School. Mariachi Olimpico & Roosevelt’s String Orchestra will be joined by special guest artists Mariachi Los Toros and Monica Ceballos for this fundraiser to support the mariachi program at Roosevelt. Tickets are: $12, $8 and $6 for students with I.D. The concert will take place in the Roosevelt HS auditorium. For more info, call (323) 780-6500 ext. 320.

Saturday, April 20

7am-1pm—Monterey Park Earth Day Festival at City Hall to learn how to conserve energy, water and resources from more than 30 exhibitors, including SoCal Gas, Metro & AQMD. Pre-register for the 7am family bike ride by emailing Vivien Chen at or calling (626) 307-1383. Get free reusable grocery bags, showerheads, bike safety checks & minor bike repairs. City Hall is located at 320 Newmark Ave. For more information, call (626) 307-1320.

9am – 1pm — Opening day for little league baseball at Highland Park Recreation Center and dedication of the new Dodger’s Dream Field. Local elected officials and dignitaries will be in attendance. The event includes a resource fair, and will take place at 6150 Piedmont Ave. For more information call (213) 847-4875 ask for Erin or Glen.

11am-6:30pm—Monterey Park’s Free Two-day 16th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring traditional Japanese dancing, taiko drums, martial arts, tea ceremony, games & crafts for children. Hand-made crafts & food will be sold. Location: Barnes Park, 350 S McPherrin Ave. For more information, call (626) 307-1458.

Sunday, April 21

9-11:30am—The Montebello Elks Lodge #2051 Monthly Breakfast Open To the Public. An $8 donation will get a great breakfast of eggs, bacon or sausage, potatoes, waffles, juice, coffee & deserts. Location: Elks Lodge at 506 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello. (Use the rear entrance elevator to go upstairs).

10am-3pm—CicLAvia – To the Sea – 15-miles of open road that will connect Olvera Street in  downtown Los Angeles to the beach through Venice Boulevard’s transformation into a car-free, linear park for strolling, biking, playing, and exploring the city from a new perspective. Free & open to everyone. Car-free route runs through Venice, Mar Vista, Culver City, Mid-City, MacArthur Park, Downtown Los Angeles. For more information,

10am-5:30pm—Highland Park Heritage Trust Fundraising Tour for the Abbey San Encino. Tours every 45 minutes, admission is $40 for non-HPHT members & $30 for members. The Abbey is located at 6211 Arroyo Glen St., LA 90042. For more information, call (323) 908-4127, or visit

11am-3pm—Folklorisimo-Spring Dance Festival 2013 at Plaza de La Raza Cultural. Performances by colorful & talented dance groups, artists exhibits & more. Plaza is located at Lincoln Park, 3540 N Mission Rd LA 90031. For more information, call (323) 223-2475.

11am-5pm—2013 North East Trees Earth Day Art & Environmental Festival at the LA River Center & Gardens. Free admission and parking. Fundraiser will feature local environmental groups, exhibits, live music & vendors. Center is located at 570 W. Ave. 26., LA 90065. For more information, visit

1-5pm—3rd Annual El Sereno Kite Flying Festival at Ascot Hills Park. Free family-friendly Earth Day event featuring kite flying awards, (bring your own kite) snacks & refreshments. Park is located at 4371 Multnomah St. LA 90032. For more information, call (323) 304-1232 or email

Monday, April 22

9am-4pm— Celebrate Earth Day with Bell Gardens High School at their Electronic Waste Collection. The public event is free. The event will go on until Friday, April 26. High School is located on 6119 Agra St. For more information, call (323) 826-5151.

6-7:30pm—Cypress Park Library Presents “Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles: Spoken Word, Music and Arte for the next Revolution.” Artists will be displaying their Art/Photography and Poets will be sharing theirs with a live band providing some tunes. Event can be seen online at .


The Commerce Scholarship Application deadline is April 25 at 5pm. Scholarships ($250- $5,000) can be used for tuition, books, housing or other expenses. Application must include information on the applicant’s financial situation, a copy of their transcript, autobiographical essay, and two letters of recommendation. An Interview is required. For more information or to get an application, go to the Commerce Library website, or the Library section of the city’s website at

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