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Los Angeles Free Friday

Apr 30, 2010 by Lisa Newton

As we’ve frequently documented, in Los Angeles, it’s not unusual for there to be free events happening in and around the LA area every weekend. This weekend, the first weekend in May, is no exception.

Some weekends have more offerings and some weekends have less. Perhaps due to the planned big May Day Rally downtown, as well as around the nation, there aren’t as many happenings around town.

But hang tight as we’ll scour and scrounge to find some good events and stuff to do that’s free! So if you’re not attending this weekend’s celebration cum rally cum demonstration, there’s a few things we found that should be of interest that should be high on the list of things to do this weekend.

If you haven’t already seen the billboards around town, Saturday and Sunday are the days devoted for the project “Big Sunday.” Big Sunday is an event where people volunteer to help their local community with neighborhood projects.

Their stated mission is:

To build community through community service. Our volunteers come from all kinds of neighborhoods, and work in all sorts of neighborhoods, too. The idea is that everyone has some way that they can help somebody else.

With events happening all over the city and thousands of people participating, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to share a bit of yourself with your local community.

If you want to get away from all the action downtown on Saturday and explore Griffith Park, Park Ranger Ernie Ybarra will be hosting another 5 mile hike for beginners and intermediate hikers. It begins at 8:000am sharp starting at the Griffith Observatory parking lot.

The long and winding trail first heads to the Charlie Turner Trail and to Dante’s View, where drinking water will be available. It then moves on to Mount Hollywood Summit where a 360 view of all Los Angeles presents itself.

After a short rest, it’s back to the Observatory parking lot. I know because I’ve taken one of Park Ranger Ybarra’s tour before!

Instead of a day hike, what about a night one? Tonight, at 6:30pm, a night hike starting from the Griffith Park Ranger Station to Vista Del Valle View point is happening. Ranger Russell Brown will have a telescope at the View point for all to enjoy the stars.

I might be a bit biased, but since I was witness to this project during its earlier efforts, if you’re anywhere near Venice on Saturday, be sure to stop by the Labyrinth Park Project, at the corner of San Juan and 6th Avenue in Venice, and view it in its entirety. They’re having live music, dance, food and labyrinth festivities for all so make a day of the beach and some community “good vibes,” and make it on your to-do list, on Saturday, May 1st, from 10am-5pm.

Although a long standing Pasadena tradition, with a name like the “34th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade,” who could resist. Its stellar list of 1,200 revelers include participants with names like, “Queen Erica Valentine, the Electric Squirrels, Martinis in the Morning, Howdy Krishna, and Stupidiotic,” this year’s Pasadena Doo Dah will no doubt be a large crowd pleaser and big hit. The Doo Dah Parade starts at 11:00am at the corner of E. Colorado Blvd. and San Gabriel Blvd., in East Pasadena, and heads east from there. Named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” the Doo Dah Parade is a must see event for this weekend. Bring lawn chairs for maximum viewing pleasure.

Along with the myriad of your other routines, activities, shows, movies and happenings, we try to bring you a slice of Los Angeles that’s both free and meaningful.

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