‘Pulitzer’ Winning Journalist to be Memorialized

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George Ramos, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was born and raised in East Los Angeles will be memorialized by the California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA: Latinos Journalists of California) on Wednesday Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eugene Obregon American Legion Post 804 in East Los Angeles.

Ramos, who had been suffering from increased complications from diabetes, was found deceased on July 23 in his Morro Bay home. An autopsy by the San Luis Obispo County coroner determined the cause of death was a heart attack caused by a clot.

Until the age of about 15, Ramos, who liked to refer to himself as “the kid from East L.A.” lived in the Belvedere Gardens neighborhood. He attended Hammel Street Elementary, and reportedly said he was once punished for speaking Spanish.

His parents realized “their dream” of buying a nicer home and moving out of East LA in 1957, he recalled in “American Dream Lives in the Barrio,” a poignant article he wrote as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

“Grandma then moved into our home on Record, but I continued to spend a lot of time there until I went to college because I felt strange in our new environment,” wrote Ramos, adding that while his parents thought their new home in Downey was “the end of their rainbow,” his experience in a new school and community were not so idyllic.

Ramos served as a second lieutenant in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He saw combat and earned a Purple Heart.

He went on to study journalism at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo and graduated in 1969. He spent 25 years as a reporter, editor, bureau chief and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.

George Ramos speaking at a veteran’s ceremony in East LA in 2009. (Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar)

As a street reporter, George Ramos was “passionate and fiery, who constantly searched for the human side of the news,” recalls First District Councilmember Ed P. Reyes.

“A proud son of the Eastside, he intimately captured the Latino experience in Los Angeles and never lost sight of the human dimension in journalism,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa upon learning of Ramos’ death.
Indeed, in 1984, Ramos became the first Hispanic journalist to win the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service for a three-week series of stories about the lives of Hispanics in California.
In 1993, he received a second Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Rodney King beating case. Two years later he earned another Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
While on staff at the LA Times, Ramos also taught at USC Annenberg.
“After chasing stories all day for the L.A. Times, George Ramos would rush over to USC to teach evening classes in reporting,” said adjunct journalism professor Frank Sotomayor, who worked with Ramos at the Times and USC. “He was known as one of the toughest instructors at Annenberg but also one of the best. He was an adjunct for a number of years and influenced the careers and lives of untold number of students.”
Ramos served two terms as president of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California.
He left Los Angeles in 2003 to teach journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In 2007, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists inducted him into its Hall of Fame.
At the time of his death, he was the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo journalism department chair and CalCoastNews Editor.
“Boisterous, fiery and passionate, Ramos was a man known for many things and when you crossed his path it was unlikely you could forget that fact. Ramos was a proud man, and rightfully so, considering his life of many accomplishments. Ramos was also a man who put his aspirations for a conventional family life aside and instead dedicated his life to journalism and helping to advance the lives of Latinos,” wrote CalCoastNews writers Lisa Rizzo and Josh Friedman in the obituary published on July 24.
Ramos was never married and has no children; he is survived by a brother, Dan Ramos.
CCNMA’s tribute will include video footage and photos, as well as recollections from friends in the industry and the community. Eugene Obregon American Legion Post 804 is locatd at 4615 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. East Los Angeles 90022.

Assistance Available to Struggling Homeowners

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The  Southern California Gas Co.  (SoCalGas) has several programs to help financially struggling homeowners reduce their utility bills and increase energy efficiency, and is urging customers in need of help to sign up and start saving.

“I recently went through some tough times financially and thanks to SoCalGas and the CARE program, they were able to give me some relief on my monthly bill,” said Gwendolyn Allen, Antelope Valley resident and SoCalGas customer in a statement released by the company.

Allen qualified for the California Alternate Rate for Energy (CARE) program, which provides a 20-percent rate discount on the monthly natural gas bill for eligible households.

Customers could be automatically eligible if they or a household member currently receive Medical/Medicaid, Healthy Families A & B, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), CalFresh/SNAP Food Stamps, or other similar assistance, according to a SoCalGas news release.

Customers having trouble paying their utility bill on time should call and find out more about SoCalGas’ cost cutting programs, or how to set up an affordable payment plan, said Hal D. Snyder, vice president of customer solutions.

In addition to CARE, SoCalGas offers a wide range of assistance programs for qualifying customers on a limited income or with special medical needs:
—The Energy Savings Assistance Program provides energy-saving home improvements, such as weather stripping, attic insulation, low-flow showerheads and high-efficiency appliance replacement to some income-qualified renters and homeowners.

—The Medical Baseline Allowance program offers customers with certain medical conditions who require more heating to sustain their health, may qualify for additional natural gas at the lowest baseline rate. There are no income requirements, but a doctor certification is needed.

SoCalGas offers hundreds of dollars in rebates for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances and can provide customers with a free energy and water-saving kit that includes three faucet aerators and a low-flow showerhead. Customers can enroll in the assistance programs by visiting SoCalGas’ website, socalgas.com/assistance or by calling toll-free at (800) 427-2200 or (800) 342-4545 in Spanish. To learn how to conserve energy at home, customers can visit socalgas.com/energyefficiency.

Travelers Should Expect Weekend Traffic Delays On I-710 Through October

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Commuters who use the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) to travel through the southeast cities on weekends might want to rethink their travel plans over the next couple of months, according to Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation.

For the next 10 weeks, except during the Labor Day weekend, portions of the I-710 freeway will be shut down to traffic as part of the ongoing Long Life Pavement Rehabilitation Project.

Read this story IN SPANISH: Viajeros Deben Anticipar Retrasos de Tráfico en I-710 Hasta Octubre

The 53-hour freeway closures from Bell to Downey started last weekend, according tot Caltrans. Closures will include both full and partial closures. Full freeway closures are scheduled for Friday at midnight until 6 a.m. on Saturday, and again on Sunday night, from midnight until 6 a.m. Monday.

When the freeway re-opens to traffic on Saturday at 6 a.m., the median barriers will guide all motorists to shift to the northbound side of the freeway. This allows construction crews to work on southbound I-710 and motorists to continue their commutes throughout the weekend using a reduced number of available lanes, according to Caltrans.

The closure extends from the Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105) connector to northbound I-710 to Atlantic Boulevard in the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, South Gate and Downey, according to Caltrans.

Additional extended freeway weekend closures are scheduled for August 12-15, 19-22, 26-29; September 9-12,16-19, 23-26, 30-October 3 (No construction Sept.2-5, Labor Day), and October 7-10 and 14-17.

Drivers are advised to look for alternative routes, and reminded to slow down for construction crews.

For more information visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist07

Teen Arrested In East LA Shooting

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A 17-year-old has been arrested for the May 25 shooting of a 32-year old male Hispanic gang member in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff officials.

The victim was shot at approximately six to seven times while driving at Olympic and Ditman in East L.A., and patrol deputies recovered six 9mm “Luger” bullet casings from the crime scene.

Detective Gina Eguia, from the L.A. County Sheriff’s gang unit, Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS), handled the investigation and identified the assailant.
On August 4, OSS personnel took the suspect into custody in front of his residence in the 1200 block of S. Ditman Avenue. Deputies recovered a .38 caliber revolver, 9mm semi automatic handgun, and gang paraphernalia.

The subject was transported and booked at the East L.A. Sheriff Station.

Northeast Police Issue ‘Toyota Scam’ Warning

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A large number of Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks are being stolen and sold with fake registrations in the northeast part of Los Angeles and other nearby neighborhoods, authorities reported Tuesday.

“We have an on-going Toyota Tacoma scam occurring in the northeast and several San Fernando Valley neighborhoods,” according to the LAPD’s Northeast Division, which serves Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and other areas.

The trucks are stolen and then the thieves create fake registrations and sell them on large streets to unsuspecting victims, police said.

When the victims try to register the trucks, they discover they are stolen and are out all the money they paid to the suspects—usually around $8,000 or $9,000.

Anyone seeing Tacoma trucks for sale in their neighborhoods should call detectives at the Northeast Division at (213) 847-4264.

The 21st Century Identity of AIDS: People Over 50

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The face of AIDS is not the gay, white representation it once was, according to a number of recent studies. The rate of HIV/AIDS infection among African Americans and Latinos has surpassed that of whites and now, according to AARP, 1 in 7 new diagnoses of HIV or AIDS is in a person over the age of 50.

With sexual health so heavily tied to family planning, HIV/AIDS is often seen as a consequence of irresponsible sexual behavior during youth. Add in that many older Americans mistakenly think condoms are only for preventing pregnancies or that a partner over 50 is less likely to have the disease—and it’s not hard to see why older Americans make up the fastest-growing segment of the HIV-positive population.

Of the estimated 1.1 million Americans with HIV, some 407,000 are over 50; by 2017, half of the total HIV-positive population will be over 50, AARP reported in the July/August 2011 issue of “AARP The Magazine.” Latino women make up 20 percent of all women diagnosed with HIV; 5.5 percent are aged 55 years or older.

Though HIV/AIDS is, in many cases, a manageable chronic disease, over thirty years after the first diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, the virus is still deadly, especially for those who don’t get tested in time and go untreated, says Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

According to a study in the journal Aids Care, Latinos are already more likely to test late for HIV infection compared to other racial/ethnic groups in the United States, making them more susceptible to contacting full blown AIDS, which is less manageable and more likely to lead to death than HIV.

So regardless of age, “if you’re thinking of becoming sexually active or changing partners, you need to get screened,” says Vanessa Cullins, M.D.

“It might not occur to most doctors to ask older patients about sex or to offer sexual health screenings so you’ll often have to bring it up,” says Laura Berman, Ph.D., professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “You have to advocate for your own sexual health. Getting tested, and making sure your partner does the same, is one way to do that.”

White Memorial Doctors Return From ‘Mission of Mercy’

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There was no running water and the temperature had reached 104 degrees, and the long line of patients hoping to be one of the lucky ones to get inside the clinic and be seen by doctors seemed to have no end.

On June 3, Ernie Guzman, MD, Pediatric Residency Program Director at White Memorial Medical Center boarded one of nearly 20 small planes transporting physicians, residents in training, medical students, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and other volunteers from across California and Arizona to the farm lands of Sinaloa Mexico.

His wife, 14-year-old son, 19-year-old niece and two of his pediatric residents, Kaosar Al Atassi, MD, and Azadeh Salami, MD, were with him, each ready to volunteer their time at three local clinics. Many of the patients they saw had traveled long distances with little or no money, willing to wait hours to receive the free health care being offered.

In El Carrizo, the more rural of the three clinics, which included a non air-conditioned pharmacy where frozen medications were stored, a record number of 150 patients were seen in just one day by Guzman, Salami, two medical students and an EMT.

Their patients included a family with a four-year-old boy the size of a 15-month-old who had run out of thyroid medication two years ago and another family that had spent all their money on bus fare from the mountains to bring in their three-month-old daughter who had been vomiting for a month.

Dr. Guzman’s group worked through the organization LIGA, also known as “The Flying Doctors of Mercy,” which provides an opportunity for medical students, interns and residents to enhance their medical education by visiting remote clinics in Mexico. Through these medical missions, volunteers witness people who have never had medical attention, with deformities and conditions not often seen in the United States. At the same time they are rendering aid to patients who have few if any other medical resources available to them.

“It is cases like these and others that will have us going back to do more and offer as much medical care possible,” said Dr. Guzman upon his return. “Our next medical mission trip is planned for October 7-9,” he said.

Affordable Care Act Now Covers Contraceptives

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Birth control and other health services geared to women will be fully covered by insurance under the Affordable Care Act, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the federal U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), announced during a news conference on Aug. 1.

The Affordable Care Act legislation on health insurance reform—signed into law by President Obama March 23, 2010—attempts to make prevention affordable for all Americans by requiring insurance to eliminate cost sharing on health services.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services website, the list of preventative services added to the no co-pay list as of Aug. 1, include: well-woman visits; screening for gestational diabetes; human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older; sexually-transmitted infection counseling; human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling; FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling; breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling, and domestic violence screening and counseling.

The new guidelines were adopted based on recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s study ordered by HHS to evaluate “specific preventive measures that meet women’s unique health needs and help keep women healthy,” according to health officials.

The IOM’s report relied on “independent physicians, nurses, scientists, and other experts to make these determinations based on scientific evidence,” according to the Institute. The report recommended that the “full range” of birth control methods, including the “morning after pill” known as Plan B, should be offered to “all women with reproductive capacity” at no cost.
“The guidelines we’re adopting today reflect the huge health benefits that come with preventive care,” Sebelius said during the Aug. 1 news conference. “Not [covering birth control] would be like not covering flu shots, or any of the other basic preventive services that millions of other Americans count on every day.”

For a complete list of the prevention services insurance providers are now required to cover at no additional cost, visit http://www.healthcare.gov .

New Books Offer Some Late Summer Reading

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Puerto Rico, on the brink of a new identity, comes to life this summer in Esmeralda Santiago’s most recent novel, “Conquistadora.”

The lush, sensual, aggressive and altogether alluring world of Puerto Rico’s own formative years unfolds in captivating detail in the latest book by the author of  “When I was Puerto Rican,” now available in hard copy from Alfred A. Knopf Publishing.

Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago

Booklist calls Conquistadora “an extraordinary novel” and “storytelling genius,” while Publishers Weekly claims it’s a “Puerto Rican Gone with the Wind.”

Like Gone with the Wind, Conquistadora features a hard-as-nails heroine, Ana Cubillas, devoted to her plantation and involved in a web of suitors and romance.

Ana, a not-so-innocent girl who grows up in a convent in southwest Spain, marries her best friend’s fiancé’s twin brother, then heads to Puerto Rico without her friend but with both twins in tow. The young men intend to make their fortunes managing a sugar plantation, but it is Ana who has the business-savvy and determination to persevere through hurricanes, slave revolts, cholera, and any other challenge the island has to offer, relying on an assortment of slaves, servants, and employees, among them the mayordomo Severo Fuentes, who dares to want Ana for his wife, according to Publishers Weekly.

The novel is an epic of Puerto Rico, described in all its beauty and cruelty, set across three decades. It tells the story of Puerto Rico in the mid-nineteenth century—a period of technological advances, political turmoil, and the beginnings of a distinct Puerto Rican identity, as well as shocking reality of an economy that relied almost entirely on slave labor.
Pulitzer Prize-wining author Oscar Hijuelos assures that the story will be “unforgettable” for readers and “will not only enlighten, but delight.”
The book is available through Alfred A. Knopf Publishing and is also available in audio format from Random House.

The Untold Story of the Father of Japanese American Baseball
Baseball historian and author Bill Staples’s tireless research and love for America’s pastime have resulted in a compelling biography of the “Father of Japanese American Baseball,” Kenichi Zenimura.

Kenichi Zenimura, The Untold Story of the Father of Japanese American Baseball, by Bill Staples

An essential read for any baseball faithful, “Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer” tells the story of the most influential figure in the Japanese American Nisei Leagues.

A phenomenal player who excelled at all nine positions, “Zeni” possessed a gift for using the game to transcend the ignorance and intolerance of his era, according to recent book reviews.

As a player, Zenimura competed with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and other Hall of Famers from the Negro League. As a captain and manager, he worked tirelessly to export the American style of play in Japan, leading several goodwill trips to Asia and helping to negotiate tours of Japan by Negro League all-stars and Babe Ruth.

One of the most fascinating chapters of the new biography, however, documents Zeni’s establishment of a 32-team league behind the barbed wire of Arizona’s Gila River Internment Camp during World War II.

In recognition of Zenimura’s efforts during World War II and the internment of Japanese Americans in Arizona as one of the most significant events of Arizona history in the past 100 years, the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission named Zenimura’s biography an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.

“The story of Zenimura is more than just about 20th-centrury Japanese American baseball, it’s about the timeless and shared human condition. Anyone who’s had to overcome huge obstacles to achieve a dream or goal will relate to his story,” says author Bill Staples.

The book is available in both soft-cover and eBook formats and can be ordered online at www.zenimura.com or through traditional online book retailers including Amazon (www.amazon.com), Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com), Walmart (www.walmart.com) and others.

Community Calendar: August 11, 2011 to August 17, 2011

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Thursday, August 11
3-4pm—Celebrate Hispanic Culture and Dance at the Montebello Library. Alina Mendez and the Fiesta Dancers will showcase dances from Mexico, Spain, Brazil, and the Caribbean. The event is free. Montebello Library is located at 1550 W Beverly Blvd, Montebello, 90640. For more information, contact (323) 722-6551.

6-8pm—Community Forum in Glassell Park to Examine Youth Quality of Life. The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council Faith-Based committee is holding a community discussion on youth violence, employment, career development, and tutoring classes. The forum will also explore community outreach and vocational training. Refreshments will be served. The community forum will be held at the Community Career Development Center, 2930 Fletcher Dr., LA, 90065. RSVP to Art Camarillo at (323) 254-8476 or at go.sgbvc@att.net

Friday, August 12
10am-2pm— Southeast residents Invited to Job Fair for in Bell Gardens. Get connected with employment opportunities from local employers. Job seekers should bring multiple copies of a resume and dress for success. There will also be free raffles. The event will be held at the Bell Gardens Employment, Education, Technology Resource Center, located at 6423 Florence Pl. Ste. 103, Bell Gardens, 90201. For more information, contact Helena Ramirez at (323) 476-8958.

10am-2pm—City of Los Angeles to Declare Maya Culture Day at City Hall. Casa de la Cultura Maya, and the offices of the mayor and Councilmember Ed Reyes, on behalf of the city, will gather in the City Council Chambers to officially recognize, for the first time, the richness of the Mayan culture and the community that lives in it. For more information, contact Marco Pacheco (213) 926-6204 or email ccm@casadelaculturamaya.org.

6-9pm—Brew at the Zoo. The Los Angeles Zoo will open its gates for a summer evening of 21+ fun at its first-ever beer tasting festival, “Brew at the Zoo.” Twenty California craft breweries will be present for a unique 3-hour beer tasting experience, along with pub-style food and live music presented by KROQ locals only. Tickets are $40 and are expected to sell out to this event and should be purchased ahead of time at LAzoo.org/brew. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens are located at 5333 Zoo Dr., LA, 90027. For more information, call (323) 644-4200.

7:30—City of Commerce Movie Night. Enjoy a night outdoors with the family watching ‘The Lion King’ at Bristow Park. The event is free and part of the city’s Friday Movie Night at the Park series. Upcoming movies will be shown in Rosewood Park and include ‘Camp Rock’ (Aug. 19), ‘Camp Rock 2’ (Aug. 26) and an ‘I Love Lucy Marathon’ (Sep. 2). Bristow Park is located at 1466 South McDonnell Avenue, Commerce, 90040. For more information, contact Commerce Parks & Recreation at (323) 887-4426.

Saturday, August 13
9am-3pm—Some Things are too Toxic to Trash: A free countywide household hazardous and E-waste Roundup in the City of Commerce, presented by the Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in cooperation with several local cities. Safely discard household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, and universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones, Roundup will take place at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey. For more information, contact the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or www.888CleanLA.com or the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.

11am-8pm—Free Family Festival by the Council of Mexican American Federations (COFEM). Celebrate traditional Mexican culture and enjoy mariachi bands and dancers in traditional dress, activities and games for kids, authentic Mexican food, artist and products and services booths, and exhibits from different Mexican states. The event repeats on Sunday and will take place at El Pueblo Historical Monument, Olvera Plaza, LA. For more information, contact Aurora Garcia at (213) 417-8383.

10am-1pm—Recycled Resources for the Homeless Outreach in Highland Park. Join the recycled resources team as they deliver items to people in need. The event entails a basic training on mental illness, the homeless population in Los Angels, substance abuse, communication, and safety. Participants meet on the second Saturday of each month at 715 Nolden St. LA, 90042. If you are interested in learning more about Recycled Resources or volunteering, visit www.recycledresources.org, or contact the Executive Director, Rebecca Prine at info@recycledresources.org or at (323) 669-4920.

6:30-10pm—Opening Reception for the Chicano Exhibit “El Movimiento En Los Angeles: The Origins & Legacy” at the Mexican Cultural Institute’s gallery at Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. The event is free and will include live entertainment, food and refreshments. The gallery is located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA. For more information, or to order free tickets, visit http://chicanomoratorium-e?fbevent.eventbrite.com/ Donations will be accepted.

Sunday, August 14
Noon-4:30pm—26th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts at Paramount Pictures. The day-long free festival will include music and dance performances from around the world, an assortment of art workshops with professional artists providing children the opportunity to create art pieces to take home, face painters and many other surprises. Paramount Studio is located at 5555 Melrose Ave., LA 90038. For more information, call (323) 462-2355 or visit www.hollywoodartscouncil.org.

Monday, August 15
10am—Property Tax Assessment Seminar at the Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard St. The seminar is part of a series of meetings to assist property owners who feel their taxes should be lowered due to a decline in the value of their property. Learn about the assessment appeals process, or receive further guidance on a filed appeal. The library   will validate three hours parking at the corner of Maryland and Harvard. For more information, visit https://lacaab.lacounty.gov/PubEdProg.aspx

Tuesday, August 16
6pm—An Evening of Hawaiian Music in Boyle Heights. Na Hoku award winning guitarist, Shawn Ishimoto will perform an evening of Hawaiian music, followed by a question and answer session on Hawaiian music and culture, the music industry, and guitar technique. The event will be held at the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, 2200 E 1st St. LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 263-6901.

Wednesday, August 17
9:30-1pm—US Rep. Grace Napolitano hosts Free Summer Job Fair in Norwalk at the Norwalk Arts & Sports Complex located at 13000 Clarksdale Ave., Norwalk, 90650. In addition to dozens of hiring employers, the job fair will offer free health screenings, free haircuts, help with resumes, and opportunities for job training. For more information, call (562) 801-2134.

Upcoming Events
City Terrace Coordinating Council Celebrates 25 Years with Comedy Night Benefit on Aug. 18 from 6 to 10 pm at Stevens Steak & Seafood House in Commerce. Proceeds Benefit the Creative Thinking Program. Tickets are $40 and include dinner. For more information and reservations, go to www.SSHpresents.com. For advanced tickets and group seating, call (323) 723-9857. Steven’s is located at 5332 E. Stevens Pl, Commerce 90040.

Rock Out With “Vida Tinta” (Rock en Español) at Bell Gardens Concert In the Park on Thursday, Aug, 18 at Veterans Park. The band has appeared at the House of Blues and Whiskey A Go Go. They are well known for playing cover favorites such as Maná, Enanitos Verdes and more. Food booth and arts and craft booth will also be available. Admission is free. Veterans Park is located at 6662 Loveland St, Bell Gardens, 90201. For more information, call (562) 806-7650.

Free Job Prep Classes in Bell Gardens from August 22-31 at the Bell Gardens Resource Center. Session covers resume writing, job interview skills and job searching. The classes are Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30 to 3:30pm. The Center is located at 6423 Florence Pl., Bell Gardens, 90201. Space is limited. For more information call: (323) 476-8958.

Old Time American Square Dance at Heritage Square on Saturday, Aug. 27, starting at 5:30pm. Beginners welcome, as all the steps will be taught before each dance. This is a family friendly dance, so kids are welcome too! Free for museum members/$5 for non-members. For more information, visit http://www.heritagesquare.org/index.htm. Heritage Square is located at 3800 Homer St., LA, 90031.

Register Now for Session 3 of Montebello’s 2011 summer “Fitness & Fun” Classes that start on Sept. 1. Cost for the four-week classes in fitness, dance, martial arts, cooking, music and crafts range from free to $40. Learn to play the guitar, jump into yoga, or take sugar free cooking classes—there are dozens of activities to choose from. Register at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1700 West Victoria Ave, or online at www.cityofmontebello.com. For more information, call (323) 887-4540.

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