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Kitchen Scrap Pail Program
The new kitchen scrap pails are here! At this past weekend’s Drinkin Heights Night, a few of my LH neighbors mentioned they’d already received their pail the previous week. I admit, I was a little green with envy (har, har) as I had not yet received mine. And then on Monday, I found a little pail on my porch complete with instructions. It’s kinda cute, like a dwarf version of the green bins. Although it has a tight fitting lid to deter critters, the one I got was a little wonky and I can totally see ants making their way in.
Filmmakers beware. If this is about that other place mistakenly referred to as the Eastside…well, let’s just say you don’t want to mess with us.
The Eastsiders – A Documentary of the Eastside of Los Angeles 1920 to 1965
Saturday, Sept 13, 2008 1:00 PM (light snacks)
Auditorium of L.A. Trade Tech College
400 W, Washington Blvd. (Administrative Bldg)
facing Washington Blvd at Grand Ave
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90015
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival runs from September 12-19 at a few venues in Hollywood. Check their website for exact details. Our own Al Desmadre has a few recommended picks: Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles and Rock & Roll Made in Mexico: From Evolution to Revolution. I couldn’t figure out where or when these documentaries are playing and I even have the official guide. Hmmm, maybe this is why I never attend.
News from the Audubon Center at Debs Park
Clasica-The Roots of Music is an exciting new concert series that explores the roots of Latin American music from Indigenous to contemporary times.
Come join us for a free concert featuring Xavier Quija Yxayotl who will bring to life the ancient sound of Mexico.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
4:30 PM- Reception (refreshments will be served)
5:00 PM-Performance by Xavier Quijas Yxatotl
4700 N Griffin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031
For directions and maps: www.audubondebspark.org
Event is free
Scummy People Scams
Folks in Lincoln Heights beware! Erika from Lincoln Heights writes:
We so far know four different people affected by this scam.
There is a man going around our neighborhood offering to help out homeowners
with mortgage payments far out of their reach. I don’t know all the details but
he gets the home owners to pay him anywhere from $800-$2500 for his work – cash
(maybe more but these are the amounts of the four people we know). In return he
gives them tips on what to do to decrease their mortgage payment. Among the
tips, don’t pay your mortgage for 4 months. At that point he tells them they
will then qualify for government assistance which will lower their mortgage
Yesterday, one of our friends/neighbors called us in tears, her home is being
put up for sale today because she failed to make her mortgage payments for a
number of months, based on his advice.
Please beware and share with your friends and neighbors. These are tough times
for so many and obviously there are those who are heartless and willing to
profit off another’s vulnerability and desperation.
First Friedens, now Norms
Tonight is the last night for Norms in San Gabriel! I wouldn’t have known, except I just saw it on the news. I’m really having a WTF? moment. It’s one of the only places in San Gabriel that’s open 24 hours and always packed, day and night. It’s also one of the last remaining mid-century buildings on that stretch of Valley Blvd. But here’s the worse part, it’s being replaced by condos! Ugh…