The 81st Annual Virgin of Guadalupe Procession and Mass

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Sunday, December 2

11am—The 81st Annual Virgin of Guadalupe Procession and Mass starts at the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave & Ford Blvd. in East Los Angeles. Thousands of Catholic faithful from diverse ethnic communities are expected to participate. Following the procession, a mass will be held at the stadium of East Los Angeles College. For more information, call Resurrection Church at (323) 268-1141.

The Wall-Las Memorias’ 19th Annual Noche de Las Memorias

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Saturday, December 1

5pm—The Wall-Las Memorias’ 19th Annual Noche de Las Memorias – “Bridging Community, Together Moving Forward,” at the AIDS Monument in Lincoln Park: 3600 Mission Rd. LA 90031. Event honors loved ones who we have lost to the AIDS epidemic and the struggle against AIDS all around the world, including Albergue Las Memorias AIDS Hospice in Tijuana, MX: donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries & toys for those living at the AIDS Hospice requested. AIDS monument is located at 3600 Mission Rd. LA (Lincoln Heights) 90031. For more information, call (323) 257- 056 Ext. 2 or email jperez@thewalllasmemorias.org.

Heritage Square’s 18th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration

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Saturday, December 1

4-8:40pm—Heritage Square’s 18th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration Dec. 1st & 2nd featuring costumed ghosts guiding visitors through a retelling of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in the historic Victorian homes: 3800 Homer St. (adjacent to Pasadena Frwy) LA 90031. Cost is $20 for adults, children 6-12 $10; space on tours is limited, reservations required. For more information, call (323) 225-2700 ext. 223.

Holiday Puppet Show! At the Lincoln Heights Library

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Saturday, December 1

2pm—Holiday Puppet Show! At the Lincoln Heights Library. Get ready for the holidays with our fun puppet show, featuring the Franklin Haynes Marionettes! Children and adults are welcome to attend. Library is located at Workman St., LA 90031. For more information, call (323)226-1692.

The California Highway Patrol kicks-off its annual CHiPs For Kids Toy Drive

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Friday, November 30

10am-8:30pm—The California Highway Patrol kicks-off its annual CHiPs For Kids Toy Drive at the Shops at Montebello. Officers will be accepting new, unwrapped toys on the lower level of the mall near JC Penney. Toy collection continues through Dec. 21st. For more information, contact Doris Peniche at (626) 536-2494.

Opening of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter,” at The Hudson Theatres

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8pm—Opening of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter,” at The Hudson Theatres – Hudson Main stage at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm, through Dec. 16. Tickets are $20. Reservations: Call (323) 960-7738 or go to www.plays411.com/karencarpenter.

Free Compost Giveaway at Montebello’s Henry Acuna Park

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Saturday, December 1

9am-12pm—Free Compost Giveaway at Montebello’s Henry Acuna Park Municipal Building: 1700 W. Victoria Ave. Open to city residents. Show up on the day of the event and take a bucket or container -no plastic bags allowed- to pick up a maximum of 30 gallons of free compost. For more information, call Montebello’s Parks and Recreation Department at (323) 887-4540.

Crafts with Pricilla at the Malabar Branch Library in East LA

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Thursday, November 29

1pm—Crafts with Pricilla at the Malabar Branch Library in East LA. Learn creative crafts for all occasions, including card-making and scrap-booking, using simple tools, techniques and recycling materials. ¡Pricilla habla español tambien! Library is located at 2801 Wabash Ave., LA 90033.For more information, call (323) 263-1497.

LACMA Art Class at Arroyo Seco Library in Highland Park

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Today, Thursday, November 29

4pm—LACMA Art Class at Arroyo Seco Library in Highland Park. Create a masterpiece each week as artists from LACMA teach you about famous art and artists from around the world. Children of all ages welcome. Library is located at 6145 N. Figueroa St., LA 90042. For more information, call (323) 255-0537.

The Money Changers Are At It Again

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We learned our lesson, right?  We now know better, right? Congress passes laws to keep it from ever happening again, didn’t they?

Well, the answer is no.

No we haven’t learned our lesson nor do we know better, and Congress still has not passed any laws with real teeth to keep the financial manipulation that caused our great economic recession from happening again.

To those of us who watched as American property owners lost billions of dollars in home equity, and as millions of Americans lost their jobs and billions in retirement funds invested in the stock market were wiped out, it is becoming apparent that some things never change.

The scammers, get rich quick gurus and get something for nothing manipulators are back.

Yes, many of the same players who preyed on unsuspecting and ill-prepared homebuyers are at it again, this time promising cheap, cheap interest rates and their expertise at getting a loan, no matter your past credit history.

You’ve seen and heard them, their ads are all over the television and radio, and plastered on utility post all over the city:  “We will grant you a new loan with a lower interest rate even if you just got a loan from another mortgage lender in the last six months.”

What they don’t tell you is that many of those very tempting interest rates are on 10-, not 30-year mortgages.  They don’t tell you that there are points to payand the interest will probably be higher if you have some dings on your credit report. No, first they get you sold on the dream so you are willing to accept any terms put in front of you.

And let’s not forget about those savvy property flippers who “made millions” in the real estate market and are now so willing to sell you their secrets at expensive classes so you too can learn how to buy a house with “no money down,” and flip it for a “huge profit.”

We are still slowly trying to work our way back from the recession, caused by the unfettered manipulation of our financial markets, so these signs of more of the same are very troubling.

Only a few people – mostly on the lower rungs of the financial institutions — actually went to jail for the part they played in the run up to our financial crisis, Instead, American taxpayers paid through the nose to bailout those very same people who caused the crisis in the first place.

So, hold on to your wallets folks, they’re back and you better beware.

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