Today, Thurs., Jan. 2
4:30-5:30pm—Teen Thing! Tile Coasters at the City Terrace Library. Make unique tile coasters using an image or pattern you will select to have transferred onto the tile. Get creative! One tile per teen participant. Ages 11-18. Free admission. The library is located at 4025 E. City Terrace Dr. LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 261-0295.
5:30-7pm—ESL Conversation Practice Class at the Cypress Park Library. Practice your English with others. Improve pronunciation, comprehension & vocabulary. Class meets Thursdays through Feb. 20 in the Community Room. Free materials provided./Clase de Conversacion en Ingles — Jueves de 5:30–7:00pm. Mejorar su pronunciacion. Elevar su comprendimiento. Enriquecer su vocabulario. Conocer nuevos amigos! GRATIS. Proveemos materials. Library is located at 1150 Cypress Ave. LA 90065. For more information, call (323) 224-0039.
Friday, Jan. 3
11am-3pm—Kids In Bootcamp at All City of Commerce Parks. Kids ages 6 to 12 can start the New Year right by getting busy with different physical challenges. The program is free to Commerce residents. For park locations, go to http://www.ci.commerce.ca.us/ .
Saturday, Jan. 4
9am-3pm—Too Toxic to Trash: Free LA County Hazardous & E-Waste Roundup at theParamount Swap Meet. 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, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. Paramount Swap Meet is located at 7900 All American City Way in Paramount (off of Paramount Blvd.). For more information, call County of LA Dept. of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to www.888CleanLA.com, contact LA County Sanitation Districts at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.
2-4pm— Day of the Three Kings at the Bell Gardens Library. Hear stories in English and Spanish. Other Activities: Play Lotería (Bingo). Art Activity: Rosca de Reyes. Play time. The library is located at 7110 S. Garfield Ave. Bell Gardens 90201. For more information, call (562) 927-1309.
1:30pm—Teen Moving Screening at the Lincoln Park Library. Kick off the New Year with a new released DVD on big screen. Bring your friends and family. Come one and come all, it’s free. Library is located at 2530 Workman St. LA 9003. For more information, call (323) 226-1692.
Monday, Jan. 6
8:30-11am & 9am-11:45am—Free ESL & Introduction to Computer Classes at the Lucille Beserra Roybal Family Source Center in Boyle Heights. Sign up for one of two sessions: Session 1 at 8:30am offers ESL & computer instruction; Session 2 at 9am offers computer training. Both classes are held Mon-Thursday and run through Feb. 9. The Center is located at 2130 E. 1st St, Suite # 110, LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 526-930.
Wednesday, Jan. 8
4-6pm—Introduction to Computers at City of Commerce Bristow Park Library. Classes also available at other Commerce Library Branches; check Atlantic, Greenwood or Central Library Reference Desk or call (323) 722-6660 x2864 or visit www.cocpl.org for dates and times. Please sign up ahead of time for the classes you plan to attend. Classes can accommodate 6-18 students per session depending on the library. Bristow Park Library is located at 1466 McDonnell Ave. Commerce, 90040.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Presents the Monterey Park Art+Film Lab Jan. 10-Feb. 9 at East Los Angeles College. The lab will offer free art & film programming to the community of Monterey Park & surrounding cities. Programs include interactive film workshops, a diverse line-up of film screenings, and an oral history project; all of which is free to the public. At the conclusion of the project, residents are invited to spend a day at the museum where they will receive free admission. For more information about the project and a full lineup of Monterey Park’s workshops and films, go to www.lacma.org/series/monterey-park-art-film-lab .
The CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth presents “Mostly Mendelssohn” Jan. 12 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel, 91776. Concert starts at 3pm and is free & open to the public. The orchestra includes CSULA and other students who gained admittance through the annual competitive auditions. The youngest student this year is only 11 years old. Program will include Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Handel Water Music Suite and Mendelssohn 5th Symphony “Reformation”. Tickets not required. For more information, email email@example.com or call (626) 242-3579.
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The hopes and dreams of Chargers players and fans will continue now that the team has been dealt a wild card entry into the playoffs.
A wild card birth was thought to be a long shot, with the team having to rely on the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins to both lose to get into the next round. But luck was with them Sunday, with both teams losing early morning games, opening up the prospect of post season play with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the only team only to have clinched a playoff spot out right, that same day.
As luck would have it, Kansas City’s coaching staff decided not to play their starting quarterback and running back to save them from possible injuries. Then, with only seconds left and the game tied at 24, Chief kicker Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard field go attempt, sending the game into overtime.
Charger quarterback Phillip Rivers guided San Diego into field goal range, setting up the 27-24 victory. Phillip Rivers passed for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns. Charger runningback Ryan Mathews had a break out game with 144 yards rushing and a 6-yard average per carry.
The Chargers travel to Cincinnati Bengals this weekend as they try to keep theie drive to Super Bowl alive. Other wild card games have the New Orleans Saints at the Philadelphia Eagles, the Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers at the Green Bay Packers.
Denver Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning, who had season ending neck surgery in 2011, continues to add to his future movie story line by surpassing the Patriots’ Tom Brady’s 50 touchdown season in 2007 with 55 for a single season record and passing the Saints’ Drew Brees 2011 single season record of 5,476 yards with 5,477 yards. Denver, New England, Carolina and Seattle all have the week off as they wait for the winners of the wild card game. The Super Bowl is scheduled for February 2, 2014.