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Los Angeles Free Friday

May 07, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Can you believe it’s Friday? As summer gets closer and closer, each work week seems to get a little longer, so by the time Friday arrives, I’m ready to find a local free event and have some fun.

Also it seems that the there’s more free events going on around the Los Angeles area than ever before, and this week is no exception. From art to the LA River to a bike festival, it’s all here–even a weekday event.

Clover Park, located at 2600 Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica, is hosting the 19th Annual Santa Monica Festival. For a day filled with a wide variety of music and dance, traditional craft demonstrations, and hands on family activities–all with a zero waste policy–the Festival on Saturday will be from 11am-6pm and is the place to be. If you plan on riding your bike there, bicycle valet parking will be available.

If you live in, for example, Pasadena, you might not get to Long Beach too often, but the Long Beach Bike Festival is definitely worth a trip down south. For three days, May 7th, 8th, and 9th, downtown Long Beach is anything and everything bicycle-related–from bicycle polo, to a charity benefit beach ride, a fashion show, and of course, the USA Cycling Bicycle Grand Prix. And bring your appetite with you, as there is going to be plenty of food and music. The event represents the ongoing Bike Long Beach campaign, an innovative plan to make Long Beach "the most cycling friendly urban city in the United States."

Listen up Los Angeles, it’s time to get the LA River looking spic and span. On Saturday, from 9am-noon, Friends of the Los Angeles River are hosting the LA GRAN LIMPIEZA, THE GREAT L.A. RIVER CLEANUP. All you have to do is grab some garbage bags and a loved one’s hand; and head off to any of the several local hot river spots listed on the website, download the necessary form, and you’re ready to go. If you’d like a peek at last year’s event, here’s a video:

Jan Prytz, who blogs about her “Prytz Family,” shared the information about National Train Day with me. What a wonderful idea! If you’re looking for model trains, train equipment displays, culinary demonstrations, featuring Amtrak’s Chef Marcel Lagnazand, and music from the USC Trojan Marching Band and Playhouse Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve, Union Station, located in downtown LA at 800 N. Alameda Street, from 11am-4pm is all things train.

If you’re thinking about “greening” up your home, the Alt Build Expo will be presenting and hosting a great learning experience. They’ll have over 150 exhibitors both this Friday and Saturday, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium between 10am-5pm, There you can learn about sustainable landscape, environmental plumbing, alternative energy, and water conservation products. Here’s a list of the exhibitors: AltBuild Expo Exhibitor

If the previous events weren’t enough to satiate your free wants and needs to have fun and to keep you busy, definitely head to the Bank of America Plaza during the upcoming week. From May 10-14, 2010, the Motorexpo will transform the Bank of America Plaza, located at 333 South Hope St., in downtown Los Angeles, from 10am-6pm, with a free-to-visit display of the very latest vehicles from many of the world’s leading motor manufacturers. With such illustrious car brands and lines including Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Tesla Motors, and Volvo who could resist. I know Carbon will be there.

And just in case your forgot, Sunday, May 9th, is Mother’s Day. As a mother of four daughters, I know I’ll be enjoying my day.

Regardless of your plans, Travelin’ Local wishes you all a safe and happy weekend.

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