Go Metro to L.A. Kings season opener and Dodgers playoffs!

Above: the Kings practice in September at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, adjacent to the Green Line's Mariposa station. The above drill is harder than it looks. Trust me.

In two hours or so, the Dodgers kick off their National League divisional series at Atlanta while the Kings start their season against the Minnesota Wild.

Both teams come home at the start of next week. The Dodgers host the Braves for Game 3 on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Chavez Ravine with Game 4 on Monday (the time hasn't been announced yet). The Kings' home opener against the New York Rangers is Monday night at 7:30 p.m.

Both games are transit accessible. The Dodger Stadium Express provides free bus service for ticket holders between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodgers Stadium. And Staples Center is easy to reach via the Blue and Expo Lines' Pico station as well as the Silver Line bus.

Blue Line timetable and map

Expo Line timetable and map

Silver Line timetable and map

Timetables for all Metro bus and rail lines

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 27 – 29

Fried delicious balls of joy, available at the Feast of L.A.! Photo: Feast of L.A. Facebook

Fried delicious balls of joy, available at the Feast of L.A.! Photo: Feast of L.A. Facebook

This weekend, feast on the best of Italian cuisine at the Italian Feast of San Gennaro. Besides food, there will be live music, performances, rides, games and more. The event spans Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. all three days and will take place on Hawthorne Avenue between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. Go Metro and save $1 on admission. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Friday and Saturday, check out the West Coast Expo at the L.A. Convention Center. The free expo takes place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Go Metro and save up to 50% to the Lights, Camera, Runway! Fashion Show and to the “Back to School: Back to Business” Step Show. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line or Bus 81 to Figueroa/12th)

EarthFest LA is back in town to talk about greener, healthier living on Saturday. The event takes place at West Los Angeles College in Culver City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids activities and Environmental Expo are free to attend, but tickets are required for the concerts. Show your TAP card at the EarthFest LA info booth and receive a free CD by one of the featured artists. (Metro Rapid 733 to Jefferson/Overland, transfer to Culver City Bus 3)

Seems like Chinatown is getting a lot of screen time lately – catch it on the big screen again, this time at the Natural History Museum’s Garland Amphitheatre. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and is free to the public, but space is limited. Can’t RSVP? Visit Becoming L.A. instead – but  if you’re heading out for the exhibit only, you’ll need to pay admission. However, Metro can help you save $1.25. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC)

Tea lovers unite at the L.A. International Tea Festival! The event takes place at the Japanese American National Museum this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $15. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

A reminder: LAX’s first art walk happening this Saturday and Sunday, 5 – 7 p.m. (Metro Green Line to Aviation/LAX Station or Metro Bus 40, 102 to the LAX Transit Center)

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 20 – 22

A truly alternative mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of AltCar Expo

A truly alternative mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of AltCar Expo

Final reminder for Alfred Hitchcock at Union Station – Strangers on a Train screens tonight at 8 p.m. in the North Patio.

The AltCar Expo takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Go check out the latest in alternative tech vehicles! The expo lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and is free to attend. Show your TAP card at the AltCar info booth and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free Nissan LEAF rental. (Metro Bus 534 to Olympic/5th)

Don’t miss Made in LA Ride III on Saturday – the weather promises to be perfect for a leisurely bicycle ride! Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. The ride leaves at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station and Metro Bus 90/91, 94, 794, 84/68, 251, 751)

This Sunday is International Car Free Day! Walk, bike or take transit on Sunday and help reduce congestion and help the environment.

Sherman Oaks and Studio City are celebrating Car Free Sunday with community events and promotions. Head to a free yoga class at Lululemon at 9:30 a.m. (12199 Ventura, take Metro Bus 150/240 to Ventura/Vantage) or check out the Studio City Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Metro Bus 230 to Ventura/Laurel Canyon). Wear blue to receive special promotions from many other local businesses.

P.S. Brought to our notice by commentor LAofAnaheim: Red Bull FlugTug is happening this Saturday, get there via the Downtown Long Beach Blue Line Station. The gates open at 11 a.m. and flights happen between 1 p.m. through 3:30 p.m. Totally free to stop by and watch the awesomeness!

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 14 – 15

This Saturday is the last Eat See Hear movie screening of the season. The Breakfast Club will be showing at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. It’s starting to get a little nippy in the evenings, so make sure to bring a jacket or some blankets! Save $2 on tickets with your TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day this weekend at Olvera Street. Admission is free, and there will be dancing, food, music and more. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days. (Metro Gold/Red/Purple Line to Union Station, check Trip Planner for all bus routes)

Another place to celebrate is at Plaza Mexico. The free event takes place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Go Metro and save at Cafe Canela and La Huasteca, both located within Plaza Mexico. (Metro Green Line to Long Beach Blvd. Station, Metro Bus 120, 612 to Imperial/State)

P.S. Metro’s Destination Discounts page now has a great new calendar of events. Click on any day to see what events are taking place around town and find out how to score a discount with your TAP card!

Metro and USC encourage fans to take Expo Line to Saturday’s game against Washington State

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas salutes the USC band at this morning's event.

After the Trojans' win over Hawaii in their opener this past weekend, USC is ranked 22nd and 25th in the AP and USA Today polls, respectively. Their game Saturday night against Washington State is a chance to continue their momentum.

The news release from Metro:

With an anticipated 90,000 football fans expected to attend USC’s first home game of the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7, against Washington State, officials of the university and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today joined with the Spirit of Troy band to urge fans to ride Metro’s Expo Line to all home games.

At a campus news conference held at Pardee Plaza, directly adjacent to the Expo Park station, participants reminded fans the Metro Rail route scored big when it debuted in 2012.

“Last year we launched enhanced service to the Coliseum and moved about 8,000 Trojans fans to each of the six home games. That represents about 4,000 vehicles removed from the streets for each game,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy. “We’re putting on extra train cars and bus service to make sure fans get to the Coliseum and home safely and conveniently.”

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Go Metro Weekends, Sept 7 – 8


The 5th annual Taste of East L.A. will be serving up tasty eats on Saturday, September 7. The event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. and cost for the event is $20 for 20 Taste Coupons. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station)

Heading to the USC game on Saturday? Make sure to go Metro and keep in mind the road closures in the area. Hop on the Expo Line to Expo Park/USC or Expo/Vermont for easy access to the Coliseum.

Watch the Shakespeare play Pericles, Prince of Tyre, which opens this weekend at A Noise Within. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $34. (Metro Gold Line or Metro Bus 267 to Sierra Madre Villa Station)

Love 3-D movies? Head to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to check out the World 3-D Movie Expo III, taking place September 6 – 15. Kids might like the 3-D animation show on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. And film buffs might enjoy seeing Dial M for Murder in a whole new way on Sunday, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for each film. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 212 to Hollywood/Las Palmas)

Metrolink offers Labor Day service on Antelope Valley Line

Here's the news release from Metrolink — please beware of the bus bridge between Newhall and Sylmar/San Fernando due to track maintenance:

Antelope Valley Line will have two round trips

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink will suspend service on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day, with the exception of two round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line.

Antelope Valley Line trains 262 and 268 will depart Lancaster at 8:55 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. respectively, while trains 263 and 269 will leave Los Angeles Union Station at 11:40 a.m. and 5:25 p.m.

Additional stops will include the Glendale, Downtown Burbank, Sun Valley, Sylmar/San Fernando, Newhall, Santa Clarita, Via Princess, Vincent Grade/Acton and Palmdale stations.

Due to necessary track maintenance, a bus bridge will be established between the Newhall and Sylmar/San Fernando Stations causing delays of more than an hour.

Regular weekday fares apply.

Tickets may be purchased at ticket vending machines, located at all Metrolink stations, and can also be used for a free connection to Metro Rail and most connecting bus lines.

Regular commuter service will resume on Tuesday, September 3.

For details on Metrolink's Labor Day holiday schedule and other initiatives, please visit metrolinktrains.com.

ABOUT METROLINK (www.metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 20th year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.