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Check out info on the construction of the Avocado Festival, South Park Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Legacy Harmony Music Series and More!
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The 2013 Nisei Week Court at the entrance of City Hall's Tom Bradley Room after being honored by Councilmember Huizar during a Special Council Presentation.
 
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August 23, 2013 Edition

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Fun Avocado Festival Taking Place this Weekend

When: August 24, 1 - 6pm

Where:  216 South Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA

Avocado season is upon us and  Angel City Brewery is celebrating with a festival. The festival will not only celebrate the harvest of this fantastic fruit but also Angel City Brewery's 100th batch of beer of 2013. The batch of beer just happens to be Avocado Ale, a guacamole-inspired beer. In addition, there will be great food, live music, and a percentage of the day's proceeds will go toward Lamp Community.

A number of businesses will be selling food including Steel City Sandwiches, Rounds and Octopops, makers of the famous avocado Popsicle. There will also be a guacamole tasting. If you think you can make the best or most unique recipe, enter the contest, bring your guacamole and let the people be the judge. To enter, email Emily at emily@angelcitybrewery.com.

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Legacy Harmony Music Series & Zoku

When: September 7, 2013

Where: JACCC Plaza and Aratani Theater
             244 S. San Pedro Street
 
Building Cultural Bridges Through Music, Education & Commerce among CD 14 communities, ELA-born and raised Japanese Americans and others have coalesced with the Little Tokyo business community and the Jazz At Drew volunteer support group (known as ZOKU) to launch the LEGACY HARMONY MUSIC SERIES, a community building initiative based upon music performances of all genres, starting with jazz, jazz fusion, R&B and funk, aimed at a multi-generational audience, for the benefit of student scholarships.

Event Information
Noon – 4 p.m. (free to the public):  Emerging Artists at JACCC Noguchi Plaza
 
7 p.m. – Aratani Theatre: ELA-based Japanese American taiko groups (Irasshai - Community Rhythms) With 80s Hitmakers, Lakeside & A Taste of Honey, Featuring Janice-Marie Johnson.
 

Tickets $50-$20 available at www.jaccc.org/Lakeside.php

Sponsorship Opportunities (private and nonmonetary for qualifying nonprofits with youth programs), including Balcony Sponsors covering balcony ticket distribution to youth and families for the Aratani Theatre performances. 
 
For more information, including sponsorship and tickets, please visit www.thezoku.com or www.legacyharmonymusic.com. Contact Michael Downer with ZOKU for more sponsorship information at (310) 384-5184.

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Come to the South Park Neighborhood Watch Meeting

When: September 24, 6 - 7:30pm

Where:  1333 S. Hope St., 90015

The South Park District of downtown Los Angeles is having a neighborhood watch meeting in the upcoming weeks. The meeting will be held at the District Service Center and Office located on Hope Street (see address above). This meeting is brought to you by the South Park CBD. The hosts kindly ask all interested people to RSVP to the meeting by sending an email here. The link can also be used to send any questions regarding the meeting.

To learn more about the south park district, visit their website.

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Volunteer's Needed for the Mayor's Crisis Response Team

When: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
            Sept. 9 - Oct. 23, 2013

Where: LAPD Headquarters
             100 W. First St.

The Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) is looking for volunteers to participate in the Fall 2013 class and become active CRT volunteers.

About the Crisis Response Team:
Members of the Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victims and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents. During the required seven week training to be a member of the Mayor's Crisis response Team, you will be provided the background, information, training and support to be able to respond to crisis situations as a member of the Mayor's Crisis response Team. You can complete the CRT application here.

**Bilingual Volunteers Encouraged to Apply**
(Languages needed include Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Farsi, Chinese and Tagalog)

For more information email lacrt@lacity.org or find us on Facebook.

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Alma Named Best New Restaurant of the Year

Where: 952 S. Broadway

Congratulations to Downtown Los Angeles’ Chef Ari Taymor as Bon Appetit Magazine named Alma Restaurant the “Best New Restaurant in America 2013.” Alma was the only restaurant in LA to be on Bon Appetit’s “The Hot Ten” list and one of only two from the entire state of California. The 39-seat restaurant is a vital partner in Councilmember Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway initiative and is the creation of 27-year-old wunderkind Chef Ari Taymor. 

“By the end of my meal, I was an Ari Taymor apostle. Despite his age and relative inexperience, this guy is cooking on a level I rarely see or taste,” said Andrew Knowlton, the Bon Appetit editor who ranked Alma #1.

To learn more about Alma Restaurant, including their full menu, visit their website. You can also read the Bon Appetit story here.

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Summer Performances at Grand Performances

When: Various dates at 8 pm

Where: California Plaza
             350 S. Grand Ave.


The pulse of L.A. beats at Grand Performances' free outdoor concert series! Consistently rated #1 nightlife on Yelp and hailed as "Best Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series" by Los Angeles Magazine, and called a "grand gift to the public... democracy in musical action" by the Los Angeles Times, Grand Performances presents high-quality music and more at the breathtaking California Plaza in the heart of Downtown. All are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy an evening under the skyscrapers and stars! Convenient underground parking and complimentary bike valet available. 


The final weekend includes the Bilingual Foundation's Flamenco opera Lorca, Child of the Moon (Fri, Aug 23 @ 8pm) and the cerebral, virtuosic sounds of Fared Shafinury (Sat, Aug 24 @ 8pm).

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Read this Important Message Regarding the Regional Connector

As part of the Regional Connector Transit Project, So Cal Gas will excavate a trench and place a new pipe on Hope St., between 2nd Pl/GTK Wy and 2nd St. Trenching operations are anticipated to start on Tuesday August 13, 2013 for approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Anticipated work hours are from 9am to 3:30pm Monday-Friday and Saturday from 8am to 6pm. 

What to expect:

  1. Operations require the temporary closure of the two northbound lanes on Hope St between 2nd Pl/GTK Wy and 2nd St during work hours.
  2. Detour: Northbound Hope St thru traffic will be detoured to eastbound 3rd St, to northbound Grand Av, to westbound 2nd St, back to Hope St.
  3. Southbound Hope St traffic will be maintained. 
  4. Access to businesses and driveways will be maintained during work hours.
  5. Access to emergency responders will be maintained. 
  6. Pedestrian access will be maintained outside the construction zone.
  7. This activity entails trenching and placement of new pipe; no service interruptions are anticipated as part of the construction of the new line.

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Fun Activities Scheduled for August at Grand Park

FREE / GRATIS
Grand Park
Splash + Surprises
11 am - 2 pm
 Aug 24 / Aug 31
 
Especially made for Grand Park families, your Saturday morning splashing in the fountain gets a surprise boost with fun activities for kids big and small.  
  

FREE / GRATIS
GRAND PARK + STREET FOOD CINEMA present
Movies in the Park
Doors Open at 5:30 pm / Movie begins at sundown (around 8:30 pm)
 
Grand Park partners with Street Food Cinema to bring food trucks, live performances and your favorite flicks from the 80s and 90s.
 
Aug 17: Troop Beverly Hills / Event Lawn (between Spring and Broadway).
Aug 24: Sleepless in Seattle / Event Lawn (between Spring and Broadway).
Aug 31: The NeverEnding Story / Event Lawn (between Spring and Broadway).
Sept 7: Jurassic Park / Performance Lawn (between Grand and Hill).
Sept 14: E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial / Performance Lawn (between Grand and Hill).

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Councilmember Huizar Helps Bring Whole Foods Market to Downtown

Whole Foods Market, the world's leading organic and natural foods supermarket, joined Councilmember Jose Huizar and Carmel Partners in announcing plans to open a new 42,000 square-foot store at Carmel Partners' 700 unit luxury apartment project located at 770 Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The store is scheduled to open in 2015 and will create 200 quality jobs for the local community. 

"Downtown Los Angeles is like a city within the city that needs a diverse range of services - including grocery stores. Bringing Whole Foods Market to Downtown is long-awaited news that represents a major coup for Downtown and is an investment in this rapidly growing market" said Councilmember Jose Huizar. "We look forward to continuing our joint partnership with the developer and city departments to ensure that Whole Foods Market comes to Downtown as swiftly as possible." 

Whole Foods Market announced signing a lease with Carmel Partners for Downtown Los Angeles during its third quarter earnings call on July 31, 2013. For more information about Whole Foods Market visit their website.

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Attend and Participate in the Senior Talent Show

When: August 23, 2:00 pm

Where: Angelus Plaza
             255 S. Hill St.

Angelus Plaza will present its 13th Annual Senior Talent Show and everyone is invited. Sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital, $1700 in prizes will be awarded to the winners: First Place, $650; Second Place, $450; Third Place, $350 and Fourth Place, $250.

There is no entry fee or audition but contestants must reside in the County of Los Angeles and be 55 years of age, or older. All acts must be three minutes or less The event will be held at 255 South Hill Street in Downtown L.A., in the fourth floor auditorium. Admission is free and open to all members of the public. The registration deadline is August 15th. Light refreshments will be served.
 
To obtain an application or for more information, call Sandra Howard at (213) 623-4352, ext. 317.

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Be Aware of Cesar Chavez Street Closure


 

As part of the ongoing construction activities for the Metro Division 13 Bus Maintenance and Operations Facility Project, the Contractor will perform the installation of underground DWP vaults and conduit along Cesar E. Chavez Ave and the Cesar Chavez Ave & Vignes Street intersection. This activity requires full weekend and weeknight street closures of Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Mission Road. The weekend street closures will begin Friday, July 26, 2013 from 8pm to 5am Monday, July 29. The weeknight closures will occur from 8pm to 5am (the next day) beginning July 29. The closures will continue on weekends and weeknights through September 29 (excluding Labor Day weekend).

WHAT TO EXPECT:
  • Underground DWP electrical and CES low voltage vaults and conduits will be installed along Cesar Chavez Ave between Vignes St. and Los Angeles River Bridge.
  • Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted to a safe area outside the construction zone.
  • Access to businesses and residencies will be maintained.
  • Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times. 

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On the Air Waves: Skid Row 3 on 3 Basketball League 

When: August 29nd

Players from the "Award Winning" Skid Row 3 on 3 Streetball League will appear on Skid Row Radio. Players will discuss the 2013 season, but more importantly, THEY will speak about other aspects of their lives, futures and careers.
 
IT'S MORE THAN JUST A GAME is the motto of this " amazing, community league " which has survived and continues to ignite the community of SKID ROW after 7 years.
 
The call in number for SKID ROW RADIO is 1-800-893-9562

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Enjoy Food And Exercise At Grand Park

When: Every Tuesday

Where: Grand Park

Grand Park is hosting a farmer's market every Tuesday this summer from 10 am until 2 pm. The market will be in the park between Spring St. and North Broadway.  Additionally, there will be a boot camp held every Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.  Designed for all fitness levels, Grand Park's Boot Camp is the perfect Tuesday stop on your way home. Take some endorphins to go.

For more information, visit the Grand Park website.

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Get-Out-of-Work Thursdays

When: Thursdays, July 1 - September 12
             5:30pm - 8pm

Where: Grand Park in DTLA

Come out and have fun at Grand Park all summer long! Thursday is the new Friday in Grand Park. Relax after a hard day's work, meet new people and count down to the weekend with live music, beer garden, food trucks and lawn games.The park will be hosting weekly events every Thursday, until September 12. There will be live music, lawn games, and a beer garden. Below is a list of all the events scheduled. 
 
Aug 15: Hobart W. Fink / Blackfeet Braves / Jeffertitti's Nile - indie
Aug 22: Colburn Summer Pops - Big band Hollywood hits
Aug 29: SpiritVine / Halfbluud / Infantree - indie
Sept 5: Bullet & Snowfox / Silver Hands / Monster Paws - indie
Sep 12: Conganas - Latin Jazz

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Experience Sunday Session At Grand Park

Homeboy Industries in Downtown L.A.

 
Gather together with family and friends for an afternoon of the best in electronic music performance. Carefully curated by Eduardo Castillo from The Eclectech, Castillo brings the beautiful soaring sounds beats of local and international DJs and producers to the heart of Downtown LA.

Happening every last Sunday of the month all summer long, Sunday Sessions will also feature food trucks and cocktails by Pattern Bar.

Prepared food picnics encouraged. Grilling and cooking prohibited. Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages into the park.

AUG 25 / The Leverage Agency Showcase with Acid Pauli / NU / Eduardo Castillo … and more

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR


Every Tuesday, 10am - 2pm, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Enjoy Food and Exercise in Grand Park
Grand Park

Every Thurday, 5:30 - 8pm
Get-Out-of-Work Thursday
Grand Park

August 23, 2pm
Attend and Participate in the Senior Talent Show
Angelus Plaza
255 S. Hill St.

August 23 & 24, 8pm
Summer Performances at Grand Park
350 S. Grand

August 24, 1 - 6pm
Fun Alvacado Festival Taking Place this Weekend
216 South Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA

August 25, 2pm - 8pm
Experience Sunday Session in Grand Park
Grand Park

September 7
Legacy Harmony Music Series & Zoku
JACCC Plaza and Aratani Theater
244 S. San Pedro Street

M & W, Sep 9-Oct 23, 6:30-9:30pm
Volunteer's Needed for the Mayor's Crisis Response Team
LAPD Headquarters
100 W. First St.

September 24, 6 - 7:30pm
Come to the South Park Neighborhood Watch Meeting
1333 S. Hope St., 90015

                  

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