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Holiday Season Lighting Ceremony at El Pueblo

The 2014 Holiday Season Lighting Ceremony at El Pueblo de Los Angeles is an annual free event in the historic heart of Los Angeles that features entertainment, refreshments, kids’ moon bounce and train rides, face painting, photos with Santa, and other family-friendly activities. Mariachi Loco del Valle and Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea will be performing. Date: Friday, December 5, 2014 Time: 5:30pm

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Harbor Gateway North Block Leaders Distribute Emergency Prep Materials

On Saturday November 8, sixty designated block leaders took more than 1,700 small bags of emergency preparedness materials door-to-door within the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council’s boundaries. Many of the residents who were home that morning expressed their appreciation for this effort to be better prepared for any future major emergency. The information contained in each bag included

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9th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk Heads to the Valley for the First Time

Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks this November 22 for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2014 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.” This year, for the ninth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk is doing something different: We're bringing the walk to the San Fernando Valley for the first time! That means this year, participants will hike east down Ventura Boulevard.

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Gear Up for South LA CicLAvia with Leimert Park Art Walk and Walking Tour

In anticipation of their December South LA event, CicLAvia is teaming up with the Leimert Park Art Walk and KAOS Network to offer CicLAvia fans the chance to preview the historic Leimert Park area and to enjoy a day of community fun on Sunday, November 30. The Leimert Park Art Walk will take place from 3pm-7pm at Leimert Park (located at 4395 Leimert Blvd.) and the surrounding neighborhood. CicLAvia

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Giving Back on Thanksgiving — and Year Round

When holiday season comes around, most of us look for opportunities to express our gratitude for what we have and give back by helping the less fortunate. There are certainly many opportunities to do so -- for example, check out the list of open events we have included below. However, it’s important to remember that many organizations (such as the Los Angeles Mission, who works to improve the lives

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Explore NELA with the 22nd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour

Explore the vibrant community of Northeast LA, in a neighborhood where hip urbanity nestles side by side with the wilderness of the arroyo and surrounding canyons. Featuring a diverse range of fine art and craft by both emerging and established artists, the Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour is one of the oldest and most interesting art tours in Los Angeles. The tour is self-guided, featuring more

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Come and Play! Grand Park Playground Opens Saturday

This Saturday, come meet Los Angeles’ newest playground in Grand Park! Be the first to see, slide and shout with glee in a day of play. Popgram Popcorn and Grand Park’s favorite fruit cart will be on hand to provide snacks, and County Supervisor Gloria Molina will lead a special dedication of the new play space. Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Location: Grand Park 200

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Shop Small Business Saturday for Your Holiday Gifts!

Skip the Black Friday crowds and support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 29! In addition to promoting neighborhood establishments, you can also enjoy a leisurely shopping day in your own community and interact with neighbors and friends by participating in one of the exciting events going on around LA this year. In Eagle Rock, the 4th Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party,

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Stand by Your Pan: Cook Safely This Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is a time for family dinners and get-togethers, add a healthy dose of safety to their preparations this Thanksgiving, since the National Fire Protection Association says cooking is the leading cause of home fires on a day that has three times more home fires than any other day of the year. Unattended cooking is the culprit in most of those fires, said the U.S. Fire Administration.

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Save the Date for the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade

Be sure to Save The Date for the 83rd Hollywood Christmas Parade, benefiting Marine Toys For Tots Foundation, to be held November 30th on the streets of Hollywood. A treasured American tradition for 83 years, the Hollywood Christmas Parade will be kicking off at 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2014 with a super-star-studded concert prior to the start of the parade at 6:00 p.m. The parade is presented by

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