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Los Angeles Free Friday

Oct 22, 2010 by Lisa Newton

I know, I know, many of you are repeating the phrase “Rain, rain, go away” and from the looks of it, the rain might still be here until tomorrow.

But, even if it does come, it’s just suppose to be a little drizzle, so it shouldn’t spoil anyone’s weekend plans with only a 20% chance of showers.

Plus, Sunday should hopefully be much more weather friendly–with only partly cloudy skies.

For me, the rain has really reminded me–and probably many others–the fact summer is over–even here in ‘Sunny California.” Now it feels a little more like fall; especially with all the pumpkins, scarecrows, and the bountiful autumn colors which seem to about just about everywhere–I happen to love the fall

Okay, enough banter, let’s have a gander to see what’s what and who’s who for this weekend’s Free Friday:

Bring your bike, kids, and your sense of adventure to LA’s Historic Park, which is located close to Chinatown’s Metro stop, at 1245 North Spring Street. On Saturday, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, he first ever New Belgium Brewing Company Tour de Fat, is coming to town. If you’d like to go on this unique 5 mile bike tour, you’ll need to be there by 10:00am to register. It’s should be fun and of course it’s free. Joining forces with CICLE, the Bicycle Kitchen, and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition it’s a day about bikes and beer. The New Belgium Brewing Company, who make the acclaimed Fat Tire beer, Tour de Fat will be a day of live music, food, and whole lot more.

If you’re curious how other people are “greening” up their homes and making them more eco-friendly, this weekend is the perfect time lto check out your curiosity. Featuring 3 community gardens, 8 homes, and 2 special exhibits, the Eastside EcoTour 2010 is being held on Sunday,l from 12:00-4:00pm. From the Norman Harriton Community Garden to The Zenergy house–which is a near zero-energy green home–the EcoTour is both a learning experience and a time to have fun at the same time. Although this event is free, a suggested donation of $5.00 is recommended. All donation proceeds will go to the green magnet at King Middle School which will open in the fall of 2011. To help, here’s a map of the locations.

If you’re a history buff especially Southern California history, on Saturday, from 9:00am until 5:00pm, more than 70 historical collections and archives will be featured at the 5th, Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. Here you’ll be able to browse rare collections, consult with experts, and learn about the many hidden stories of LA’s diverse neighborhoods and communities. All the action takes place at the Doheny Memorial Library, at the USC downtown campus.

Would you like to learn more about the Ballona Creek Wetlands? Then this weekend is your chance. Offering free guided tours, the Ballona Wetlands Community Open House takes place this Saturday from 9:00am until 12:00pm. It’s hosted by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. The Open House will provide information about the plants and wildlife of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. the guided tours depart at 9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am, from the Fuji Gateway located at 13720 Fuji Way in Marina del Rey.

Remember to have fun but drive carefully.

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