The 6th anniversary of the Bringing Back Broadway initiative was celebrated Saturday with an event that drew hundreds of visitors happy to walk freely along the downtown where for the first time in years, five historic theaters simultaneously opened their doors to the public.
The Orpheum, Palace, Globe, Million Dollar and Los Angeles theatres, or movie palaces as they were called in the early 1900s, welcomed visitors who listened to a group of volunteers from the Los Angeles Conservancy explain the history of Broadway from the beginning of the 1900s to present time.
Bringing Back Broadway is a 10 year project—a public-private partnership—spearheaded in large part by Councilman Jose Huizar — to restore the Broadway corridor between 1st and 11th streets to its glory days by bringing in more restaurants, retail shops and making use of vacant commercial spaces.
The ultimate goal is to provide economic development by creating more businesses, according to Huizar’s office.
“After six years, the momentum we have created to revitalize this historic street through the Bringing Back Broadway initiative is undeniable,” said Huizar in a press release.
“Gone are the days that we ask potential partners to imagine what Broadway will look like one day. More and more are seeing for themselves that marquees are lit up, store fronts and upper floors are open, restaurants and retail are thriving.”
During the four-hour tour people heard stories about the area’s fascinating history, that ranged from the opening night gala with a movie screening of Charles Chaplin at Los Angeles Theatre in 1931 where Albert Einstein was one of the celebrities attending to see and listen to the Mighty Wurlitzer original organ from 1928 at the Orpheum theatre and which is the last remaining theatre organ in Broadway.
The next phase of the project, Huizar announced Saturday, will be for the Department of Transportation to in the near future start removing “one lane of traffic on Broadway to create more pedestrian space” along a 10 block stretch of the street. The construction should be completed by this summer, “and will be larger in scale then a similar plan implemented in Times Square in New York City,” according to a statement from his office.
Need money for college? Help filling out all those financial aid and scholarship applications?
If the answer is yes you might want to consider attending one of more than three-dozen free Cash for College workshops taking place across Los Angeles County this Saturday, Feb. 1. An army of trained volunteers will provide one-on-one assistance to students and their families with the often complex process of filing for state and federal financial aid.
Many of the volunteers are bilingual and speak Spanish or one of several other languages in addition to English, They have been trained to provide assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA; California Dream Act Application (for eligible AB540 students) and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, all of which must be submitted by March 2 to receive priority consideration for state and federal financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities.
Completing the FAFSA is required whether you want to attend a four-year college or university, community college, or a vocational or technical school. It is used to process both federal and state aid such as Cal Grants, and to determine amounts for institutional scholarships, federal work-study, as well as the parent contribution to the student’s college tuition and living expenses.
To complete the application process, students and parents should bring documents from the following list, which they have and that apply to them, to the workshop:
Driver’s license; Social Security card or number; Alien registration number; student’s 2013 income information; parent 2013 income information; Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) – student and/or parents’; student tax and parent tax information (previous year taxes are okay for now if you don’t have 2013 tax information); 2013 bank statements; any records of untaxed income such as welfare benefits, Social Security benefits, or child support payments and the list of colleges student is interested in attending.
As an added bonus for attending, some workshop participants will be selected to receive a $1000 scholarship grant being offered by the California Student Aid Commission in partnership with ECMC Foundation. To qualify, high school seniors who attend a Cash for College workshop, must complete an exit survey and submit the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and their verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2 Cal Grant deadline. Recipients will be selected and notified after the March 2 deadline in May 2014.
The Cash for College scholarship must be used beginning in Fall 2014 to pursue an Associates or Bachelors degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year public or private degree-granting institution in or outside California.
While the majority of workshops in the L.A. region will take place this Saturday, a few more will be offered before the March 2 filing deadline.
Local sites and times for the 2014 Cash for College workshops on Feb. 1 include:
—East Los Angeles College, 9am-2pm, call (323) 260-8183, ext 8183;
—San Gabriel High School, 8am-12 noon-call (626) 308-2330;
—Alhambra High School, 9am-12 noon, call (626) 308-2320;
—Maywood Academy High School Library, 9am-1pm, call (323) 836-6000, ext. 6028;
—East Los Angeles College South Gate Campus,8:30am-2pm, call 333-4258;
—Eagle Rock High School, call (323) 340-3546;
—Franklin High School, 9am-2pm, call (323) 550-2079;
— Woodrow Wilson High School, 9am-pm, call (323) 276-1692;
—Theodore Roosevelt High School, 9am-2pm, call (323) 780-6575;
—TELACU Education Foundation, 9am-1pm, call (323) 832-5491;
—John Marshall High School, 9am-1pm, call (323) 671-1439;
—Belmont High School, 9am-1pm, call (213) 241-4356;
—Los Angeles Leadership Academy High School, 10am-12 Noon, call (323) 423-3940;
—Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, 9am-1pm, call (213) 213-8609.
Workshops after Feb.1:
—Feb. 6, Abraham Lincoln High School, Noon-4pm, call (323) 441-7613;
—Feb. 8, Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School, 9am-12 Noon, call (562) 985-1481;
—Feb. 8, Garfield High School, 9am-2pm, call (323) 981-1910;
For more information about Cash for College, including additional workshop sites, dates and times, visit www.calgrants.org/applications/workshops or call (888) CA-GRANT.
Los Angeles will host the U.S. marathon trials for the 2016 Olympic Games, city and USA Track & Field officials announced Wednesday.
The trials will be used to select the three men and three women to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Houston, the site of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and Cincinnati were also vying to host the trials.
The trials will be held Feb. 13, 2016, and both the men’s and women’s races will be televised by NBC. The LA Marathon will be held the next day.
“We are thrilled with what Los Angeles will provide to our athletes, the Olympic movement and the sport of long-distance running by hosting this event,” USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel said.
“With television coverage on NBC and incredible public and private support for the race in one of the world’s biggest media markets, everything is in place to continue to elevate the Olympic Trials and give our athletes a platform on which they can truly shine.”
Los Angeles’ effort to land the trials has been seen by some as a precursor to a city bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
“With its iconic landmarks and decades of experience hosting world-class sporting events, Los Angeles is the ideal location for America’s elite marathoners to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26
8pm—CASA 0101 Theater World Premier of A CAT NAMED MERCY, written by Josefina López, directed by Hector Rodriguez & starring 14 actors playing 33 roles in this drama about health care in America and the Affordable Care Act. Intended for mature audiences. Show times are Fri & Sat at 8pm & Sundays at 5pm through Feb. 23. For tickets or more information, call Box Office at (323) 263-7684, or visit www.CASA0101.org.
Friday, Jan. 31
1:30-3pm—East Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Hosts “The Affordable Care Act Seminar” at El Gallo Plaza. The workshop will provide small businesses with a “roadmap” through the Affordable Care Act. Speakers: by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez & Marcella Davalos, Southern CA outreach manager for Small Business Majority. Time: 1:30 to 3p.m. El Gallo Plaza is located at 4545 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90022. To register or for more information, call (323) 263-2005, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eastlachamber.com .
3:30-5:30pm—Celebrate Chinese New Year -Year of the Horse – In Bell Gardens with traditional food, activities and an educational video in the Game Room at the Veterans Park: 6662 Loveland St. Admission: $2 per child. Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m. For more information call (562) 806-7650.
5-8pm—UTLA Fundraiser for Francisco Martinez (Vice President candidate) and John Paul Cabrera (Board of Directors Central Area) at Vamos Unidos: 301 W. Pico Blvd. LA 90015. For more information, call (323) 666-6752.
Saturday, Feb. 1
Times Vary—Cash for College Super Saturday-Free Financial Aid Workshops at various locations throughout Los Angeles County. Students and families can get one-on-one assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, California Dream Act Application (for eligible AB540 students), and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. For times and locations, visit www.calgrants.org/applications/workshops or call (888) CA-GRANT.
12 Noon-8pm—115th Annual Golden Dragon Parade & Two-Day Chinese New Year Festival in Downtown L.A. Golden Dragon parade is on Sat. from 1-3pm- starts at Hill & Ord Streets and ends at Broadway & Cesar Chavez. Sat & Sun festival will include artists, vendors, food, and live entertainment. The festival is easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown Station. Free admission. Sunday open from 12 noon to 5pm. For a complete schedule of events & more information, go to www.chinatownla.com.
11am-5pm— Free Event: Bring/Preserve Your-Music-Story Day at Cal State LA. presented in conjunction with the “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” Exhibit on display in the CSULA Art Gallery. The bilingual exhibit features stories & music from the Eastside and beyond, from the 1940s to the present. A film crew will be on-site to record your stories & memories. All ages welcome. Stories will be collected and preserved by the US Library of Congress. Cal State is located at 5151 State University Dr. LA 90032. For more information, call (323) 343-4040 or e-mail Art-Gallery@calstatela.edu.
Monday, Feb. 3
9am-3pm—Metro & Rio Hondo College Present “Transitway,” a free month-long exhibit featuring the work of four LA-based artists through Feb. 28. The artists, commissioned for the Metro El Monte Station, will showcase new and original works in the Rio Hondo Art Gallery. Opening reception Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. & artist discussion at 7 p.m. in the Blackbox Theatre in the Campus Inn. College is located at 3600 Workman Mill Rd in Whittier. For more information, call (562) 692-0921 or visit www.riohondo.edu
Tuesday, Feb. 4
White Memorial Hosts Free “Natural Nursing” Breastfeeding Class. Session will help parents make wise decisions about how they want to feed their baby. The class will be held in the Parent Education Conference Room, 3rd Floor SCT: 1720 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave in Boyle Heights. To reserve a space, call (323) 265-5050.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
5pm—Learn Metal Embossing at the Chet Holifield Library in Montebello. Learn to make cards, ornaments, jewelry, and other art projects using the technique. Free admission, reservations required. Must be age 10 or older to attend. The library is located at 23rd 1060 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello, 90640. For more information, call (323) 728-0421.
League of Women Voters Forum on Hunger- “Let Them East Cake” – Feb. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Speakers include Gil Nelson, director of Family Services at Union Station Homeless Services & Socorro Naranjo Rocha, coordinator of Families in Transition – a homeless/transitional program in the Pasadena Unified School District. Program is free & open to the public, however, reservations are required & a $25 charge if you want lunch. RSVP requested to assure adequate seating during program. Deadline is Jan. 31.
The 23rd Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Street Festival takes place Feb. 8 on Valley Blvd. –from Garfield to Almansor. There will be 250 booths, kids activities, games, entertainment, food, a health fair and cultural demonstrations. Open 10am-8pm. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.alhambranewyearfestival.com.
Lucille Beserra Roybal FamilySource Center Offers Free Income Tax Preparation Feb. 8 at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club, 8:30am -2:30 pm. Open to low-income families that earned $52,000 or less in 2013. Presented in collaboration with East Side Tax Coalition. Salesian Boys and Girls Club is located at 3218 Wabash Ave. LA 90063.For more information, call (323) 526-9301.
Montebello Fire Dept. to Offer Free CERT Training Classes Feb. 21, 28 and March 1 at the Park Avenue Christian Church. The Community Emergency Response Team program prepares individuals on how to respond to a major emergency, such as earthquakes, fires or other hazards & help your family, neighbors, or co-workers when emergency responders are unavailable. Participants who complete the free, 20-hour course will receive a certificate of completion. Class size is limited, so early registration encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, contact Lynne Wong at (323) 721-5187 or email Lynne@ParkAvenueChristian.org.
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