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Wednesday, September 9

American Falls

Atwater Village Theater

3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village, CA 90039


The Echo Theater Company introduces L.A. audiences to playwright Miki Johnson, whose American Falls (winner, Best Playwright, 2012 Houston Theater Awards) is a kind of modern day Our Town – a poetic and sensuous interplay of stories and monologues that exposes the inner life of every-day people desperately seeking meaning and love in small town America.

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Thursday, September 10

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

Downtown Los Angeles Historic Core

Sixth St. and Spring St., Los Angeles, CA


(SEPT. 10) This self-guided tour, which started in 2004 and has flourished as much of Downtown has cleaned up, encompasses more than 40 galleries and museums spread throughout the area's many sub-districts, including Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo and Gallery Row on Main and Spring Streets in the Historic Core. About 10,000 visitors regularly take the tour.

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LA River Life

Marsh Park

2960 Marsh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Take a short walk with a ranger and discover which animals call the LA river home and how we can help all the wildlife that depends on the river as the city continues to grow. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Free program and parking. Bring water and snacks. Rain cancels outdoor program. Please, no dogs on program. Sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and presented by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

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Social Security Workshop

Crowell Public Library

1890 Huntington Drive, CA, CA 91108

6:30pm to 8:30pm

According to famed financial journalist Jane Bryant Quinn, the average retiree leaves thousands of dollars on the table* simply because they don't understand how to optimize their Social Security benefits. This upcoming free workshop at Crowell Public Library offers a chance to avoid this mistake. This informative and easy to understand evening will be led by John Pak, a Certified Financial Planner who will simplify some of the more popular rules as well as the confusing ones. He will revisit the origins of the Social Security system, take a closer look at the mechanics of the program, and explore the ways in which individuals can maximize benefits and avoid the pitfalls. This workshop is open to all who are interested in learning and discussing this federal program. Did you know there are over 500 different ways that enrollees can claim benefits? Or that one can claim 50% of one’s ex-spouse's benefits? Or that one can earn 8% per year for delaying benefits?

John C. Pak has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He received a B.A. in Finance through Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo School of Business and completed financial planning training through NYU. He is very active in spearheading community outreach initiatives with local colleges, public libraries and lifelong learning centers in the greater Los Angeles County area to promote financial literacy and empowerment. John's firm, Searchlight Financial, is the host of KFWB 980AM radio’s “Smart Money Fundamentals.” This workshop has been conducted at numerous Los Angeles area libraries, as well as UCLA extension, UCR extension, UCSB extension, Cal State University of Long Beach (OLLI) and Cal State University of Fullerton (OLLI).

People who have worked hard all their lives should get the most out of their benefits. Don’t miss this free seminar Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m. at Crowell Public Library.


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