Summer Memories at Barnes & Noble

Summer is here and I’m super excited to make new memories. If you’ve been reading my blog posts you know that I’m always on a look out for fun and free activities that I can do with the kids to create those memories. You also know that I immediately share my cool finds with you!

Today we headed out to Barnes & Noble. It’s one of my new favorite places to spend an afternoon at. Yes, a whole afternoon! They host awesome events and bring major authors, actors, musicians and other celebrities to stores across the country. The hubby and I like to grab a Starbucks coffee (they have them in store!), read to the babes in the kids play area, let Ji play and make new friends or just take it easy and walk around looking for cool new books to add to our collection.

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On my Summer reading list is Kevin Hart’s book I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. I recently had the opportunity to interview him and was so inspired by his words that I just have to know more about his journey. He’s one of the authors who will be at Barnes & Noble, so if you want to meet him too, I suggest grabbing his book and going to one of his book signings. Trust me, you’ll want to meet him!

I really want my readers to take part in the fun, so I’m going to give away a $20 Gift Card to one lucky person, so that you can buy your favorite celebrity’s book and meet them! Click here to find events near you and let me know which one you want to attend by commenting on this blog post.

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See you there!




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Free Holiday Events in Los Angeles

Pink Christmas Tree at Grand Park Los Angeles

I haven’t posted a Calendar of Free events in a few months but I just love this time of year so much that I want everyone to be able to experience all of the fun things happening around the city. The Holidays shouldn’t be a financial burden and thankfully for Los Angeles residents, we have a lot of FREE events for the entire family to enjoy. I am ready to give birth any day now, so I might not be able to attend all of them, but that doesn’t mean you and your family have to miss out!

Friday, December 9th 

Pink Christmas Tree at Grand Park Los Angeles

Event: Grand Park Lights Up The Holidays (NOV 26 thru DEC 25)

Details: Grand Park will magically come alive with park-inspired holiday décor for the holidays with a 45-foot tree as a highlight. Perfect for a festive DTLA stroll, or as the backdrop of the annual family holiday photo.

Location: Grand Park, Downtown LA

Time:  All day

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Saturday, December 10th 

Event: Parade in Echo Park

Details: The historic community of Echo Park celebrates with high school bands, local dignitaries, & some quirky surprises.

Location: Sunset Blvd, Elysian Park Ave to Park Ave, Echo Park

Time: 11am-2pm 

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Event: Holiday at Crenshaw Plaza

Details: Winter Wonderland: The City of LA hosts a holiday celebration, with snow sledding, food trucks, live music, Santa, s’mores, & more.

Location: Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 MLK Blvd, Leimert Park

Time: 12pm-4pm 

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Free Holiday Kids Craft

Event: Holiday at the Workman Homestead

Details: Countdown to Christmas: Celebrate the season with self-guided tours of the historic houses, caroling, crafts, & visits with Santa Claus.

Location:Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd

Time: 12pm-4pm (also on Sunday, 12/11)

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Event: Holiday History at Dominguez Rancho Adobe

Details: Celebrate the season with period decorations, tours led by costumed characters, craft making, music & dancing. Donation + toy drive contribution appreciated.

Location: Dominguez Rancho Adobe, 18127 S Alameda St, Compton

Time: 3pm-5pm

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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Snow Globes: Create a festive winter scene ornament.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm-4pm

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Sunday, December 11th 

Event: Fireworks in Manhattan Beach

Details: Bring blankets, beach chairs, & a picnic for the 28th Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival, with closed streets, live music, a snow park  & sled hill, singalong, & fireworks at 7.

Location: Pier, Manhattan Beach

Time:  3pm-8pm

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Event: Guadalupe on Olvera Street

Details: Festive celebration of La Virgen De Guadalupe, with costumes & continuous entertainment, overnight vigil & rites in La Placita church.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown Los Angeles

Time:  6pm- overnight

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Sunday, December 18th 


Event: Music at Cal Plaza

Details: Grand Performances presents The Joey Altruda Trio performing A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Location: California Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm

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Saturday, December 24th 

Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Christmas Eve & Hanukkah: Learn about artist wax resist techniques & watercolor to create a beautiful painting of a snowflake or Hanukkah motif.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time: 2pm-4pm

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Event: Holiday Celebration at the Music Center

Details: A wonderful afternoon of 23 performing arts ensembles from all around LA, presented for the 56th time by the County Arts Commission (broadcast live on KCET). Free parking, schedule online, come very early to get in.

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand, Downtown LA

Time: 3pm-6pm

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Event: Las Posadas at Olvera Street (Nightly starting on 12/16)

Details: The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown LA

Time: 5:30pm-8pm

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Free Easter Eggs Hunts in Los Angeles

Easter should be fun and filled with lots of love, laughter and children playing in their Sunday’s best. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of FREE Easter Egg Hunts and other bunny activities around Los Angeles to make your Easter weekend as stress free and enjoyable as possible. I hope you make it out!

Friday, March 25th


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Visit and photos with the Easter Bunny

Brentwood County Mart

225 26th Street at the corner of San Vicente in Santa Monica


Saturday, March 26th


24th Annual Peter Rabbit Day  9am-12pm

 A free community event for egg dying, face painting, egg & spoon races, multiple egg hunts and more!

Douglas Park, 2439 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90403

A tradition for decades. In addition to the Egg Hunts for ages from toddlers to 10, they will have traditional games, a blacksmith, and old-time music, tours of the historic adobe and performers in period costume.

Pre-Egg Hunt activities: 11:30 AM Bird Walk led by the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society.

Los Encinos State Historic Park 16756 Moorpark St. Encino CA 91436-1068


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Egg hunts, photo with the Bunny, game booths and moonbounce.

7933 Emerson Place, Rosemead






West Covina 5th Annual Egg Hunt 10am-1pm westcovina

Egg hunt, crafts, music and bunny pictures.

1305 East Cameron Ave, West Covina, 91790






Rustic Canyon Spring Festival 11am-4pm rustic canyon

Egg hunts, games, arts and crafts, face painting, prizes, music and moonbounce. Leashed pups are welcome!

601 Latimer Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402

310. 454.5734





Dana Point Egg Hunt  9am danapoint

Activities include: Marionette/Puppet Show, Children’s Relay Games, Petting Zoo, Easter Bunny Visits and Egg Hunts for ages up to 10 years.

Locations: Pines Park 34941 Camino Capistrano


Sea Canyon Park 33093 Santiago Drive


2016-03-16_0933Easter Bunny Sighting – March 26th and 27th

Saturday, March 26th – Sunday, March 27th (12pm – 4pm)

The Easter Bunny will be strolling through Center Court March 26th and 27th (12pm – 4pm). *Be sure to bring your own camera.




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Connection Point Church is hosting a FREE Giant Easter Egg Hunt (50,000 Easter Eggs….Live Music, Face Painting, Games, Bounce House and Giveaways.

2200 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance 90501



Make sure to take lots of pictures and use #iamLAmamacita on Instagram to automatically be entered into future give aways! Enjoy!






Nine Free Things To Do in Los Angeles This Weekend


Los Angeles can be expensive but having fun with your family doesn’t have to break the bank.  From festivals, to movie events, to arts and crafts, everyone is sure to have some fun! As always, everything on my list is completely FREE!

Saturday, March 5th

Los Angeles Lantern Festival: 12pm-7pm

Join Angelenos beneath Chinese lanterns in the vibrance of Downtown L.A. for the 15th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. The event culminates the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, and food trucks


Gold Line Extension Celebration: 11am-4pm

Celebrate the Gold Line Extension with free metro rides, ribbon cuttings, live music, local businesses and food trucks and more, at all the new stations: Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa.

Lovely Lavender at Rancho Los Cerritos: 1pm-4pm

Old-fashioned, historically-themed crafts and activities for children ages 5-11, rain or shine. Projects include a variety of colorful creations and crafts kids will love making.

Zootopia Themed Day at L.A Live: 11am-5pm

A day full of giveaways and fun all for just the price of the movie ticket! FREE fun activities will include exclusive photo op, character headband giveaway, coloring station, themed raffle prize and additional giveaways.



Crafterday at the Hart Mansion: 11am-4pm

The young ones can try their hands at simple crafts like making their own totem poles, designing their own rope art, making their own dreamcatchers, and so much more! There is also a barnyard area with live animals!

Cabrillo Art Corner at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: 11am-3pm

Have fun doing arts and crafts the first Saturday of the month. Each Cabrillo Art Corner will feature a unique ocean-themed project that jump starts your creativity, engages your senses and relaxes your mind. Focus on the task at hand and forget about life’s craziness for awhile.

Sunday, March 6th

CicLAvia in the Valley: 9 am – 4 pm

4 miles of LA streets open up to pedestrians & bicyclists for a giant experiment in new civic consciousness, from Panorama City to Pacoima. Festivals, performances, bike clinics, & more along the route. Check out their website for the official route.

Family Arts at Barnsdall in Hollywood: 10am-2pm

Free art workshops on arts & crafts from world cultures, led by a different artist each week. Call to verify.

MOCA Grand Sunday Studio: 1pm

Sunday Studio is MOCA’s drop-in gallery exploration and studio art program. Participate in an all-ages tour of MOCA’s permanent collection or join in on arts crafts for the entire family.


As always check out the websites for directions and other information to help you plan your trip. I hope that these FREE Los Angeles events allow you and your family to make your weekend extra special!

P.S  I would love to see you and your family enjoying these events! Post pictures on  Instagram   and use #iamLAmamacita to be entered to win awesome prizes!

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Six Free Things To Do This Weekend

Saturday, February 6th  

Bird Walk in Whittier Narrows at 7:30am

Witness the magical fall migration season in a ramble beside the lakes & river. Legg Lake, South El Monte

Mini Festival on Reseda Blvd. 2-5PM

I❤[RE]seda Blvd promises art, live music, food trucks, raffles, demos, a poetry slam, & more. Reseda at Rayen, Northridge

 Festival in Cerritos 12-4PM

The Festival of Friendship promises entertainment celebrating the many cultures of the area on 3 stages: Hawaiian, Chinese, Korean, & Mexican dance, + Lion Dance, the International Peace Choir, flamenco dancers, & more. Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos

Chinese New Year at the Palms Library 10AM

For families: Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with a Lion Dance Performance in Palms Park, & then crafts in the library. Palms Branch of LAPL, 2920 Overland Ave, West LA

Crafts at CAAM 1-3PM

“Prop-Making” Lynn Rossi & Nichelle Evans help workshop participants create a prop of the North Star. Calif African American Museum, Exposition Park, RSVP

Family Crafts at Rancho Los Cerritos 1-4PM

Creation Station: A free, drop-in crafts program with old-fashioned fun for kids ages 6-11. Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Rd, Long Beach

Take lots of pictures and tag us on Instagram using #iamLAmamacita to automatically be entered into my giveaways! Don’t miss out!



 -L.A Mamacita









Holiday Family Fun {A Calendar of Free Los Angeles Events for Kids}

I know I say this every time I publish a new list of free kids events in Los Angeles, but I’m SO excited about this month. I’ve never been so ecstatic about the Holidays before. Perhaps, it’s because now I have a husband and toddler to share it with, and I want to visit all of these fun events with them. The list ranges from meet and greets with Santa, arts and crafts, Victorian holiday parties to playing in the snow! The best part? They are all FREE!!! Raise your hand if you love free! So grab a cup of hot cocoa and get ready to mark your calendars because this month is going to be full of joy!

Free Kids Events

Friday, December 4th

Event: Family stroll at Grand Park

Details: Grand Park will be lit up magically for the holidays. Take a stroll after sunset to enjoy the twinkling lights of the season NOV 29 thru DEC 26

Time: Sunset

Place: Grand Park, DTLA

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Event: Meet Santa at Culver City

Details: Illumination of the tree and arrival of Santa on a photo truck. Photo opportunities, holiday crafts and refreshments will be available

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Veterans Memorial Park, Culver City



Saturday, December 5th

Event: Barbie: A Perfect Christmas

Details: Take a break with a screening of “Barbie: A Perfect Christmas.

Time: 11am

Place: Burbank Library

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Event: Snow Festival

Details: Renowned puppeteer Scott Land celebrates winter with his Marionettes

Time: 10am & 12pm

Place: Arcadia Historical Museum

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Event: Party Like We Are 99′!

Details: Stop by to create a holiday book tree and stick around for film screening of Elf and Charlie Brown Christmas.

Time: 1pm

Place: Cahuenga Branch of LAPL, 4591 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood

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Event: Print Fair at Self Help Graphics

Details: Shop local & support LA’s artists at the Holiday Marketplace, with prints, crafts, fine art, jewelry, clothing, food, & live music.

Time: 12pm-5pm

Place: Self Help Graphics, 1300 E 1st St, Boyle Heights

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Event: Fiesta de Navidad  (also on Sunday 12/6)

Details: Festival Navideño en la Calle Ocho is a huge festival with 10 blocks of entertainment, multiple music stages, small rides, food vendors, info booths, & toy giveaways.

Time: 12:30pm-10pm

Place: 8th & Vermont

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Event: The Nutcracker Reading

Details: Joe Praml reads his adaptation of ETA Hoffman’s holiday story, “The Nutcracker & the Mouse King.”

Time: 11am

Place: Kaufman Branch of LAPL, 11820 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood


Event: Outdoor screening in San Pedro

Details: Holidays By The Sea promises kids’ activities, Santa, & a screening of “Elf.”

Time: 6pm-9pm

Place: 6th St & Downtown Harbor, San Pedro

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Event: Boat Parade in the Port of LA

Details: Holiday Afloat Parade: A spectacular display of decorated boats celebrating the nation’s largest international trade gateway. Live music follows at the Fanfare Fountain. See website for viewing locations.

Time: 6pm-9pm

Place: Main Channel, Los Angeles Harbor

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Event:  Victorian Christmas (also Sunday 12/6)

Details: Visitors will enjoy period entertainment, tours of the Museum decorated in holiday splendor, refreshments, a children’s craft, a horse-drawn trolley ride between The Banning Museum and Drum Barracks Civil War Museum as well as local food and craft vendors. As a special treat, a Queen Victoria re-enactor will receive guests for the two days.

Time: 11am-4pm

Place: Banning Museum, 401 E ‘M’ St, Wilmington

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Event: Pershing Square Festival

Details: The Winter Holiday Festival promises live music from Flashback Heart Attack, kids’ crafts, arts & crafts, strolling players, ice skating (fee), & tons of snow

Time: 11am-7pm

Place: Olive & 5th in DTLA

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Event: Family Arts at Barndall

Details: Family Art Workshop: Create a mixed-media self-portrait with “Fiberlicious” artist Wendy Osher.

Time: 12pm-3pm

Place: Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, LA

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 Sunday, December 6th


Event: The Conscious Market Holiday Pop-up

Details: There will be an eco-friendly gift wrapping station, a craft table for the kids, as well as a raffle and giveaways provided by the following sponsors- The Honest Company, Mamma Chia, Go Macro Bars, Cabo Chips, Late July, Equal Exchange, Jillson & Roberts, and more!

Complimentary craft beer from Porcupine Hill Brewing Co., sparkling wine from One Hope Wine, and coffee from Stumptown will also be served along with Hot Cocoa for the kids from Equal Exchange.

Time: 11am-5pm

Place: One Santa Fe, 300 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Event: The DIY Holiday Home Shopping Sale-A-Bration

Details:  Invent a holiday, then create holiday-themed wares & hawk them on a fake home shopping channel. Ages 9-14; RSVP

Time: 11am-1pm

Place: Hammer Museum

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Event: Winter’s Tale

Details: As the seasons begin to change, discover a place where pop-up animals and trees fill a snow-covered landscape. Make an artwork inspired by this winter’s tale using color pencils and foam stickers.

Time: 2pm-3pm

Place: Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

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Event: Pico Rivera Holiday Festival

Details: Holiday & Tree Lighting Festival: snow play & sledding area, North Pole train rides, arts & crafts, food, & live music.

Time: 3pm-7pm

Place:  City Hall, 6615 Passons Blvd, Pico Rivera


Event: Festival at Campo de Cahuenga

Details: The 5th Annual Luminaria Festival promises kids’ activities, refreshments, live music from the Jazzland Big Band, Synchonicity Handbell Choir, Voices of Christmas, & Prank Players, + thousands of glowing lanterns.

Time: 3pm-7pm

Place: Campo de Cahuenga, 3919 Lankershim Blvd, Studio City

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Friday, December 11th

Event: Toddler Time with Santa

Details:  Stories, songs, a craft…and a very special guest (HO,HO,HO!)

Time: 10am

Place: Burbank Library

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Event:Fiesta De Las Luminarias (also on 12/12)

Details: Come see the historic Casa Adobe in all its holiday splendor! Enjoy traditional refreshments and entertainment

Time: 5pm-8pm

Place: Casa Adobe De San Rafael, 1330 Dorothy Dr, Glendale

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Saturday, December 12th

Event: Holiday Parade in Echo Park

Details: Historic community of Echo Park will celebrate ‘Echoing the holiday spirit‘

Time: 11am-12pm

Place: Along Sunset Blvd in Echo Park

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Event: Mele Kalikimaka

Details: Celebrate the holidays island-style, as our friends at KoAloha Ukulele lead performances, workshops, craft activities, and other holiday-inspired fun

Time: 11am-4pm

Place: Japanese American Museum, Little Tokyo

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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Create a winter wonder world with glistening snow.

Time: 2pm-4pm

Place: 7th & Figueroa, DTLA

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Sunday, December 13th

Event:Family Fest in Studio City

Details: The 5th Annual Winter Family Festival & Festival of Giving promises 70 tons of snow + food & fun. Bring food bank donations.

Time: 1pm-4pm

Place:Rec Center, Beeman Park, 12621 Rye St, Studio City

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Las Posadas begin on Wednesday, December 16th- December 24th

Event: Las Posadas at Olvera Street

Details: This nine night presentation of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is portrayed with singing, ballet folklorico entertainment, a candlelight procession on Olvera Street and a children’s piñata breaking each evening.


Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm

Place: Plaza Olvera in Downtown L.A

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Friday, December 18th

Event:  Singing at Disney Hall

Details: Bundle up your family & share in the warmth & joy of the holidays with a grand night of singing under the stars. Live accompaniment, lyric sheets provided. Tix required but will be available at  6PM.

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Place: Keck Amphitheatre, Disney Hall, Downtown LA

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Saturday, December 19th


Event: Holiday Crafts at FIDM Museum

Details: This event has become a holiday tradition. Bring your kids for some DIY fun, including cookie decorating, making Santa ornaments, and tree decorations.

Time: 11am

Place: FIDM Museum Shop

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Event: Holiday Movie Matinee

Details: Take a break with a screening of “Winnie the Pooh: Merry Pooh Year.”


Time: 11am

Place: Burbank Library

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* More events will be added to this list so keep checking back!










November Family Fun {A Calendar of Free Los Angeles Events!}

I can’t believe November is already here. This year has flown by but I’m excited for all of the fun Holiday events in the city. That mean Christmas is right around the corner and the shopping will soon begin. That’s why, all the events listed here are FREE. Are you excited for a special event is your city?

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Saturday, November 14th

Event: Pop Mania! at Japanese American Museum

Details: A day of pop culture-themed activities in honor of Giant Robot Biennale 4.

Time: 11AM-4PM

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Event: Jurassic Park at Palisades Library

Details: Take a break with a screening of the 4th installment of the “Jurassic Park” franchise

Time: 1PM

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Event: Art Projects at Reyes Adobes

Details: Hands on activities for kids 3-8

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

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Event: Debbie Allen Academy Presents: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker  at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

Details: Artistic ‘twist’ with modern spin filled with original music, dance routines and soul!

Time: 2PM

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Friday, November 20th

Event: Jazzed and Motivated in Watts

Details: Kick off your shoes and let your body sway to one of Brazil’s most popular cultural expressions – the samba! Viver Brasil Dance Company will help you pick up the rhythms and movements of this lively dance -After the JAM Session, stay for movie night, a free community event honoring WLCAC’s 50 years of service. Movie starts at 8:00 p.m. with discussion to follow

Time: 6:30PM

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Saturday, November 21st

Event: Art Workshop with Nzuji de Magahlahaes at Cal African American Museum

Details: Learn how to combine yarn & paint to make one-of-a-kind, colorful art

Time: 1PM-3PM

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Event: Navajo Tribe Dances and Stories at the LA County Library in Downtown

Details: Ben Hale, a member of the Navajo tribe from Arizona, introduces a variety of dances & stories from tribes across North America

Time: 2PM

Event: Thanksgiving at the Thousand Oaks Library

Details: Bring the family & learn the real facts about the voyage of the Mayflower & the First Thanksgiving from a descendant of one of the original Mayflower families: Robert Dempster

Time: 2PM

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Sunday, November 22nd

Event: One Wise Man ‘ A Holiday Cantata

Details: Theatre

Time: 4PM-5PM

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Saturday, November 28th

Event: Powwow at Cal State Northridge

Details: 32nd Annual Powwow promises American Indian dance & music, children’s craft activities, arts & crafts vendors, & frybread!

Time: 10AM

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Event: Butterflies at Dominguez Rancho Adobe

Details: Help the museum track the monarch butterflies in the monarch butterfly garden and surrounding gardens

Time: 12PM-2PM

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Event: JAM Session at Debs Park

Details:Old Time String Band Jam Session: Listen & dance to local musicians strum Appalachian-style fiddle & banjo tunes


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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Autumn Art: Use fall foliage as the inspiration in decorating a ceramic tile

Time: 2PM-4PM

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Sunday, November 29th

Event: Hollywood Holiday Parade

Details: The 84th Hollywood Christmas Parade steps out headed by Grand Marshals Penn & Teller, with marching bands, equestrian groups, characters, floats, & a gigantic red carpet.

From Hollywood Blvd at Orange, East to Vine, South to Sunset, West to Orange

Time: 5PM

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