Holidays In Full Swing With Parades and Tree Lightings

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether you’re looking for civic involvement through community meetings or just plain fun, there’s a lot going on this week.

December 1st  is World AIDS Day and events to raise awareness will beheld in commemoration.

The weekend ahead will be busy with a bevy of free fun parades and tree lighting events that include entertainment, delicious food and lots of activities for the family.

Friday, Dec. 1

10am-12pm–To Commemorate World AIDS Day, AltaMed Health Services will offer free HIV testing through its mobile unit at its clinic on 5427 Whittier Blvd., LA 90022. For more info, email or

6:30-9:30pm–United to End It-Bienestar Commemorates World AIDS Day with a special event at the Los Angeles Theatre where they present the Fuego Award to Graciela Beltran. To register or for more information,

7pm–Children’s Olde Fashion Christmas & Tree Lighting at Eagle Rock City Hall. Celebration includes refreshments & entertainment. Eagle Rock City Hall is located at 20135 Colorado blvd. For more info, call (323) 254-5295.

Saturday, Dec. 2

9am-3pm—Free L.A. County Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup in South Whittier at Liberty Community Plaza: 14181 Telegraph Rd. County residents can safely discard household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides; home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles; universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs; electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. For more information, contact the LA County Dept. of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA, or, or the LA County Sanitation Districts at 1 (800) 238-0172 or

12:30-4pm–Pop Up, Interactive Community Meeting at Grand Park with special guest and Instagram Star Jay Mendoza . First 55 guests receive a free Grand Park Rangers collector’s pin. Free giveaways for everyone. Hosted by the Grand Park Foundation to encourage the public’s participation to help shape Foundation’s funding direction and initiatives for Grand Park. Location: Grand Park Block 3- 200 N. Hill Street, LA 90012 (between Hill Street & Broadway; and Temple & 1st Streets, Downtown LA) RSVP for the at or (213) 267-8501.

3-6pm–Free 10th Annual Free Boyle Heights Winter Wonderland at Boyle Heights City Hall: 2130 E. First St. Enjoy a ride in real snow; kids activities, arts & crafts, delicious treats and great musical entertainment. Hosed by City of LA & Office of Jose Huizar. For more info, call (323) 526-9332.

5pm–10th Annual GlassellPark Tree lighting hosted by Councilman Gil Cedillo & Glassell Park Tree Lighting Committee. Location: Rite Aid Parking Lot, 4044 Eagle Rock Blvd., LA 90065. For more info, call (323) 550-1538.

Sunday, Dec. 3

1pm–73rd Annual Northeast LA Holiday Parade. Local celebrities, bands, cheer groups, car clubs, dancers, equestrian units, floats, church & community groups make their way down Figueroa Street in Highland Park for fun-filled, holiday spectacular. Keep an eye out for Santa Clause! The parade starts on North Figueroa at Avenue 60 and ends at Sycamore Grove Park. Sponsors include the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce in association with the City of LA, CD 1 Councilman Gil Cedillo, CD14 Councilman Jose Huizar and the Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

11am–Make Beautiful Winter Ornaments at Commerce’s Rosewood Library. Additional sessions at other library locations, Dec, 5, 6, 7, 13, & 14. Make ornaments using book pages & pine cones. All supplies will be provided and light snacks will be served. Rosewood Library is located at 5655 Jillson St. Commerce, 90040. For more info, call (323) 722-6660.


Recycled Resources for the Homeless Annual Fundraising Gala Dec. 9. Proceeds from the event will be used to support operation of 2017/2018 Winter Shelter services in Northeast LA. The group is seeking donations for the silent auction. Sponsorships are still available. For more info, contact Rebecca at (323) 697-0001. Visit for more information.

Where to Celebrate Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos

October 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

From local parks and recreation centers, to cemeteries, art galleries and farmers’ markets -the week ahead will be packed with family-friendly, culturally enlightening and yummy events for Halloween trick-or-treaters and Dia de los Muertos celebrants .

Friday, Oct. 27

7pm–Free Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Novenario & Festival Continues at Olvera St. in downtown LA. Event features processions in traditional day of the dead dress, blessings, music, face painting, colorful public altars, dance & great food. Presented by the Olvera Street Merchants Assoc, & El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Day time & evening events. For more information & a schedule, visit

dia de Los Muertos procession at Olvera Street. (EGP archive photo)

dia de Los Muertos procession at Olvera Street. (EGP archive photo)

Saturday, October 28th & Sunday, October 29th

10am-7pm–“Fiesta Muertos Weekend Festival” Presented by the Olvera Street Merchants Assoc. Foundation & El Pueblo Historical Monument. Event features live cultural entertainment, theater, community altars & face painting throughout the day

Saturday, October 28

10am-1pm–Open House to Review Boyle Heights Community Plan Update-Meeting will showcase the draft plan update and proposed zoning. Location: Boyle Heights City Hall-1st Fl. Meeting Rm, 2130 E, 1st St., LA 90033. For more info, visit

Noon-4pm–Mourning Tours at Heritage Square Museum in Northeast L.A. Repeats Oct.29. Learn all about death& etiquette during the Victorian era, the movement of Spiritualism &how other cultures remember their loved ones. Tickets are $20 for adults/$15 seniors over 65/$8 children 8-13. For more info, visit

4-8pm–Celebrate Halloween with viewing of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Downey Youth and Recreation Center in Lincoln Heights: 1772 N. Spring St, LA 90031. Mummy cookie eating & costume contests. Movie starts at 6pm. For more info, call (323) 225-7100.

6-11pm– Calavera LGBTQ Community Celebration in Boyle Heights. “Día de Los Muertos” Remembrance of Victims of Homophobia and Transphobia brings together allies and LGBTQ community members. Event includes free “Calavera” face-painting, crafts by local artisans, a DJ and dance floor along with typical foods and drinks. Location: Mi Centro, 553 S. Clarence St., in Boyle Heights. For individual or group tickets see the events page at, email or call (323) 286-7224.

Saturday, October 28th & Sunday, October 29th

10am-7pm–“Fiesta Muertos Weekend Festival” Presented by the Olvera Street Merchants Assoc. Foundation & El Pueblo Historical Monument. Event features live cultural entertainment, theater, community altars & face painting throughout the day. or more information & a schedule, visit

12pm-12am –Ford Invites You to Share Your Love of the City at the Dia de Los Muertos event at Forever Hollywood Cemetery. The popular Dia de los Muertos event is one of the largest, most vibrant and colorful Day of the Dead events in Southern California. Take a look at the new Ford vehicles, enjoy Day of the Dead activities, altars, music, food & much more. Time: 12pm to 12am. Forever Hollywood Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038.

7-9pm–Self Help Graphics & Art Noche de Ofrenda at Grant Park In Downtown L.A. Self Help concludes month-long Dia de Los Muertos community programming with a beautiful community altar night featuring altars by over 30 plus organizations, partners, and artists, led by premier altar-maker Ofelia Esparza. Special performances throughout the evening. For more info, visit

Sunday, Oct. 29

12-3pm–Boyle Heights Harvest Festival at Pecan Park: 145 Pecan St., LA 90033. Free face painting, pony rides, resource booths& pumpkin giveaway. Call (23) 262-2736.

Monday, Oct. 30

3:30-5:30pm–Zombie Run-Run for your Mummy at Veterans Park in Bell Gardens. A Game Room favorite is back with twists, turns, and more zombies! Join the fun. Ages: 5-14. Free Admission. Game Room is located at 6662 Loveland St. Bell Gardens 90201. For more info, visit .

Tuesday, Oct. 31 –Halloween

3-8pm–Haunted Harvest Festival at the Old L.A. Farmers Market in Highland Park. Costume parade at 5pm. More family-friendly activities. Location: N. Figueroa and Avenue 58. For more info, call (323) 449-4100.

4-8pm–Halloween Party 2017 at Ramona Hall in Highland Park. Free Spooky Theater, food, costume parade and arts & crafts. Ramona Hall is located at 4580 N. Figueroa St., LA 90065. For more info, call (323) 276-3021.

6pm–Halloween & Costume Contest at all City of Commerce parks. No charge to take part. Events feature contests for best Decorated Pumpkin & Best Pet Costume. Lots of fun games. For more info, call (323) 887-4434.

6-8pm–Boyle Heights Scary Hall. Trick –or-treat with the family at Boyle Heights City Hall: 2130 E. First St., LA 90033.










‘Made In America’ Made Money for L.A.

January 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A two-day music festival at Grand Park held over Labor Day weekend generated a total of $14.7 million in economic activity for the city of Los Angeles, officials announced Monday.

People who attended the Made in America event spent about $7.8 million at bars and restaurants, and on buying food, beverages and merchandise at the festival, while another $6.9 million was spent to produce the event, according to an economic analysis commissioned by the city.

Economic and Planning Systems, which performed the analysis, also found that the city came out ahead in costs. City services used during the event were calculated at $760,698, with the city expecting to receive $292,000 in tax revenue, plus $500,000 from promoter Live Nation.

The Jay-Z and Live Nation-promoted concert, which included acts such as Kanye West and Imagine Dragons, was attended by at least 30,000 people each day. The two-day tickets were valued at around $185.

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