Go Metro to the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival this Saturday

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Check out this free green event in Old Pasadena! (image via City of Pasadena)

 

After celebrating Union Station’s 75th Anniversary, check out the 12th Annual Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival in Old Pasadena! Located at Memorial Park and the Armory for Center for Arts, this free event will have plenty food of entertainment for the whole family while educating everyone on the importance of going green. The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Be sure to show your TAP card at the transportation booth to receive a free reusable tote bag, perfect for carrying all the goodies you’ll be picking up. To get there, hop on the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Drop by the jazz flash mob at Union Station for International Jazz Day

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Be a part of International Jazz Day by checking out the flash jazz mob at Union Station this evening.

Commuters passing through Union Station West at 5:30 p.m. will be able to catch a brief performance of a popular jazz song by student and professional musicians.

The event is organized by the Jazz Education Network (JEN)Make Music Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch. All three organizations share a common mission of increasing awareness of music performance and education. The flash mob will serve as a precursor to Make Music LA’s annual Day of Making Music on June 21, 2014, and the Jazz Education Network’s annual jazz conference on January 7-11, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

All participants must be registered.

Go Metro to Car Free SFV Earth Day this Sunday

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Whether by bus, bike, train or foot, you’ll want to get to Car Free SFV Earth Day this Sunday… (image via Car Free SFV)

Participate in Car Free SFV Earth Day by pledging to reduce or eliminate driving between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 4. Those who pledge can participate in a variety of SFV Earth Day activities and take advantage of special one-day promotions offered by local Valley businesses. Additionally, each person who pledges is automatically entered to win some sweet prizes.

All Car Free SFV events will take place at the L.A. River Greenway in Studio City (near the intersection of Valleyheart Drive and Radford Avenue). Activities include free riverside yoga, the “May the Forest be with You” bike ride hosted by the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, and a Car Free SFV scavenger hunt organized by the L.A. River Revitalization Corp.

Plus, show your valid TAP card or Car Free SFV Sticker and save:

1. 25% off all food at Tuning Fork Gastro Pub

2. Free small plate with minimum $10 order at California Pizza Kitchen, Studio City

3. 10% off at The Counter, Studio City

4. 10% off at Studio City Cycle Company

5. 10% off at Road Runner Sports, Studio City

6. A free cookie at Big Sugar Bakeshop

7. A free small coffee at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Studio City

8. 15% off at Chin Chin, Studio City

To get to the L.A. River Greenway, walk, bike, or go Metro. Take Metro Rapid 750 to Ventura/Laurel Canyon, Metro Bus 150/240 to Ventura/Radford, or Metro Bus 218 or 230 to Ventura Place/Ventura. The 150/240, 224, and 750 all connect with Metro Rail at the Red Line Universal/Studio City Station.

Return with us to 1939 … on Union Station’s Track 15

This morning at Track 15 Metro hosted a Union Station 75th Anniversary preview of events scheduled for this Saturday, May 3.

Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois and Metro CEO Art Leahy spoke from the back of a vintage rail car, as did Metro Board members Jacqueline Dupont-Walker and Ara Najarian, Michael Dwyer from Amtrak, Metrolink Board Chair Larry McCallon, Metrolink Board Member Richard Katz, Camille Lowry from the Annenberg Foundation and two men who attended the 1939 opening: Seymour Rosen and Jim Kaspar.

There were swing dancers and singers and a few fourth graders from Utah Street Elementary School, who showed up to share their dreams of what the Union Station of the future should look like.

It was a grand event in preparation for an even grander one this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as Metro and Metrolink joined Amtrak for a preview of Union Station’s 75th Anniversary celebration and Amtrak’s National Train day. Please click here for more details and the day’s schedule of events.

TAP cards can now be used on Long Beach Transit

photo_regular-serviceThe TAP network continues to grow as Long Beach Transit today becomes the latest agency to join as a fully TAP-enabled bus fleet.

Long Beach Transit riders now have the choice to pay their fare with TAP cards instead of paper passes or cash. A rider simply taps the card against a TAP mobile validator while boarding, listens for the beep and watches for the green screen that shows that the card is valid.

Riders can purchase Long Beach regular, senior/disabled, student, stored value or EZ transit passes at taptogo.net, at the Transit & Visitor Information Center in downtown Long Beach and at select TAP pass sales outlets. Here is the announcement on Long Beach Transit’s website.

Stored value can be purchased at any Metro Rail station TAP vending machine. Fourteen addition transit agencies are set to join TAP this year including the city bus fleets in Glendale, Pasadena and Santa Monica.

Current TAP partners include Access Services, Antelope Valley, Culver City, Foothill, Gardena, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Metro, Montebello, Norwalk, Santa Clarita and Torrance. Metrolink has its own TAP enabled tickets.

With each addition to the TAP network, we get closer to the goal of a seamless, regional transportation network where passengers can transfer easily without digging into their pockets for change when boarding. 

Come for the Union Station celebration, stay to explore DTLA neighborhoods

Saturday, May 3 is Union Station’s 75th anniversary celebration, a day filled with live entertainment, miniature railroads, special train car tours, architectural tours and more! (See schedule of events here.)

After exploring Union Station, hop on Metro to check out the nearby neighborhoods. Here are just a few of the places and events you can conveniently get to via Union Station sans car–best of all, with your TAP card handy, you’ll be able to save money once you get there. For a full list of places you ought to drop by, check here.

El Pueblo/Olvera Street – walk across Alameda Street from Union Station

Metro Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station

Metro Gold Line Mariachi Plaza Station

Metro Red/Purple Line Civic Center/Grand Park Station

Metro Red/Purple Line Pershing Square Station

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Go Metro Weekends, April 25 − 27

Friday

If you’re attending Lebowski Fest this evening, there’s no easier way to get to the Wiltern Theatre than Metro, dude. (Metro Purple Line, Metro Rapid 720 or Bus 20 to Wilshire/Western Station.)

Saturday

Long Beach’s Green Prize Festival takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Bixby Park. Enjoy ocean views and presentations by urban farmers, green chefs, artists, and environmental organizations. The free event also features food trucks, live entertainment, no-charge bike valet, green vendors, children’s activities, and more!

Show your valid TAP card to the cashier at the LadyFarmer by Savory|Sweet|Eclectic and save $1 on your Farm to Fork Lunch. (Metro Blue Line to 1st Street Station, then walk east on 1st St to Bixby Park, or hop aboard the free festival trolley.)

From the City of Lights to the City of Angels, singer/songwriter and former first lady of France Carla Bruni is performing at Cal State LA’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex this Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35-$50, or $20 for students. Take 20% off admission with Metro’s exclusive destination discount. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA.)

The “Noir Nights” film series, brought to you by Vintage LA, Grand Central Market, and Million Dollar Theatre, kicks off this Saturday with Touch of Evil. Catch this iconic film in the equally iconic Million Dollar Theatre at 8 p.m. for $11.34. Grand Central Market will stay open late, from 6 to 8 p.m., for those who want to grab dinner beforehand. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

Sunday

Fiesta Broadway takes over Grand Park and Downtown L.A. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday with free music, food, and family fun in honor of Cinco de Mayo! With street closures and bus detours in abundance, your best bet–whether attending the fiesta or traveling through the area–is Metro Rail. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Celebrate L.A. and Southern California’s history at LA Heritage Day this Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Free tours, children’s activities, presentations, giveaways, and food are planned. Show your valid TAP card at the LA Heritage booth and receive a free gift bag. (Metro Gold Line, Silver Line, or various Metro Rapid and local buses to Union Station.)

All Weekend

The Annenberg Community Beach House is celebrating its 5th anniversary this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a full roster of activities, including yoga on the beach, dance and paddle board classes, pool time, picnicking and more. (Big Blue Bus 4 to 4th/Marguerita then walk west on Marguerita Avenue, or Metro Rapid 720 to Ocean/Wilshire then walk north on Ocean Avenue.)

Little Tokyo is also celebrating an anniversary this week–its 130th–with the Taste of Little Tokyo starting this Saturday. Present your valid TAP at various Little Tokyo business and cultural institutions for a host of different discounts especially for Metro riders. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Go Metro to Artisanal LA at LA Mart this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and receive a free tote bag with your valid TAP card! General admission is $12. (Metro Blue Line to Grand Station.)

The L.A. Brewery is hosting its free bi-annual art walk from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day this weekend. Formerly a home to PBR, the Brewery is now one of the largest art colonies in the United States. (Metro Rapid 751 or Bus 251 to Main/Daly, then walk north to Main/Avenue 20, or Metro Bus 76 or DASH Lincoln Heights to Main/Avenue 20.)

Get ready for a jazz flash mob at Union Station on International Jazz Day April 30

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International Jazz Day is next Wednesday, April 30, and we’re celebrating with a flash jazz mob at Union Station!

Evening commuters passing through Union Station West at 5:30 p.m. will be able to catch a brief performance of a popular jazz song by student and professional musicians.

The event is organized by the Jazz Education Network (JEN), Make Music Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch. All three organizations share a common mission of increasing awareness of music performance and education. The flash mob will serve as a precursor to Make Music LA’s annual Day of Making Music on June 21, 2014, and the Jazz Education Network’s annual jazz conference on January 7-11, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

Registration is required for all musician participants.

Go Metro Weekends, April 18 – 20

Hello again! Here are some events over Easter weekend that should keep your pockets and weekends full!

Friday

For all of you “old school” music lovers out there, hit up the Art Laboe Block Party at The Forum! Join the likes of Evelyn “Champagne” King, ZAPP and Sugar Hill Gang. Doors open at 7:30 p.m and tickets are still on sale. Prices vary. (Metro Bus 115 or 212 to Manchester/Prairie)

Saturday

If you have a pet that you really care about, bring him or her to the Blessing of the Animals at Pueblo De Los Angeles. It’s free, with ceremonies starting at noon. Reminder: pets are only allowed to board Metro in a secured carrier. (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station, several Metro buses to Union Station including lines 40, 704, 733 and Metro Silver Line)

If you missed out on Coachella, use the money saved for Brokechella! Created specifically for those on a slimmer budget, this DTLA music and art showcase features some of the hottest up and coming artists in Los Angeles and beyond. Gates open at 3 p.m., with tickets ranging from $20 – $25. (Metro Bus 18 to 6th/Mateo then walk north along 6th Street to Santa Fe, or Metro Bus 60 to 7th/Santa Fe)

Sunday

Have any Easter plans? Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for a special Easter Breakfest at 8:30 a.m. Ticket prices vary. If you’d like to visit the rest of the aquarium afterwards or on any other day, use your TAP card to get a discount on admission!  (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then use free Passport bus to Aquarium entrance)

Afterwards, head to Duff’s Cakemix for some Easter cupcake decorating! Bring the kids along for some family fun. The event starts at 3 p.m., tickets are $25. (Metro Bus 217 to Fairfax/Melrose then walk 1/2 mile west along Melrose Avenue)

All Weekend

Enjoy some night shopping at the K-TOWN Night Market this weekend! The event takes place at the RFK Community Schools and starts Friday from 4 p.m to midnight and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free. Don’t forget to get your FREE drink when you show you TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station, Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie Station)

Service alert: boarding change for Dodger Stadium Express at Union Station

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Due to construction work at Union Station’s Patsaouras Transit Plaza, the boarding location for the Dodger Stadium Express is shifting temporarily from Bay 3 to the front of the Metro headquarters building on the north side of the plaza — as shown on the above map.

The new boarding location takes effect for Friday night’s game against Arizona.

There will be Metro staff on hand on the plaza and inside Union Station to help guide passengers, as well as signs pointing the way. If coming from inside the station, please use the left escalator or stairs up to the plaza.

Click here for more information on the Dodger Stadium Express.