Metrolink to offer “Rail Series” connection to Angels/Dodgers games

Metrolink is offering special round trip service from Orange County to Union Station next Monday and Tuesday as the Dodgers take on the Angels. There will be station events featuring Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda and former players Jay Johnstone and Bob Boone.

Here’s the full press release from Metrolink with all the details.

Metrolink will provide special round-trip service between Oceanside and Los Angeles on Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28 as fans travel to Dodger Stadium to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim square off.

The Rail Series service will be highlighted with Metrolink station events, including an appearance in Fullerton on Monday by Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda. The legendary former manager of the Dodgers is scheduled to be at the station beginning at 2 p.m. and will subsequently ride the train to Los Angeles Union Station.

The day’s festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m. with an appearance by 20-year Major Leaguer Jay Johnstone at the Irvine Metrolink Station. The two-time World Series champion and former Angels and Dodgers outfielder will also board the train heading to Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, Orange County Line train 609 will bring fans from Oceanside to Union Station, while a special train will be offered for passengers to their return destination.

Former Angels catcher Bob Boone will be at the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station Tuesday to meet fans at 3:15 p.m. and ride the train to Union Station.  Boone was a four-time All Star and a seven-time Gold Glove Award winner during his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, the California Angels and the Kansas City Royals.

The station events will also highlight special Dodger and Angels attractions including a pitching inflatable, a spin wheel, photo opportunities and autograph signings.

Fans are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item donation for Second Food Harvest for a chance to win free Metrolink tickets and other prizes. This event is sponsored by Metrolink and Orange County Transportation Authority.

All Little League and other youth baseball players who are dressed in their team uniforms can ride free with a fare paying adult.

Metrolink tickets will be available the day of the event at Orange County Line stations. Adult round-trip tickets are just $7, while senior/disabled and youth (ages 6-18) tickets are just $6 and $4, respectively. Children ages 5 years and under ride free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game only, while no advanced ticket sales are available from the Metrolink ticket vending machines (TVM). For complete ticket and train schedule information click here.

The May 27 Rail Series special train is the only Metrolink service offered on Memorial Day, with the exception of a pair of round-trip Antelope Valley Line trains.

The special Metrolink train service will complement the Dodger Stadium Express buses operated by Metro from L.A. Union Station to Dodger Stadium and back. Passengers can ride the Dodger Stadium Express shuttle for free with their Dodger game ticket or show their train ticket.

Metrolink is partnering with the Angels, the Dodgers, the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), Metro, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the City of Fullerton to provide transportation to the Rail Series.

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.

Street Food Cinema announces summer event series, go Metro to save

See live bands perform before movie screenings! Photo from Street Food Cinema Official Facebook

See live bands perform before movie screenings! Photo from Street Food Cinema Official Facebook

Enjoy movies, live music, food trucks and more this summer in Los Angeles at the Street Food Cinema Summer Event Series, taking place at destinations conveniently accessible by Metro.

Every Saturday this summer from May 25 through Sept. 21, Street Food Cinema will be showing great movies under the stars. The majority of the screenings will take place at Exposition Park in front of the Los Angeles Coliseum, located just across the street from Metro’s Expo Park/USC Station.

Don’t miss the opening night screening of Stand by Me on May 25, where special guest Corey Feldman will host and treat fans to a set from his band. Free picnic blankets, coffee and pop chips will be provided on opening night while supplies last.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and movies will begin at sundown. General admission is $10. Go Metro and save $3 on admission by presenting a valid TAP card at the ticketing entrance.

Keep reading after the jump to see the full schedule of movies and how to get there with Metro.

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Making transportation GOOD again

Does trying to get around L.A. send your stress level through the roof? Take a deep breath and head over to Hub LA next Thursday, May 30 for some creative solutions that might make transit more enjoyable for you. The event is hosted by GOOD and is open to all.

The gathering starts at 6:45 p.m. with an ice cream social. Then there will be a screening of How’s My Driving, followed by a group discussion that will last until 9 p.m.

Getting to Hub LA is easy: walk over from the Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station or give bicycle riding a chance. Hub LA is located at 830 Traction Ave. #3a.

Go Metro Weekends, May 17 – 19

Don't miss Bike Night! Photo from Hammer Museum Official Facebook.

Don’t miss Bike Night! Photo from Hammer Museum Official Facebook.

Get out and about with your bike this weekend and take advantage of some special Metro discounts! Just mention “Bike Week” to save.

Tonight is Bike Night at the Hammer Museum. Celebrate all things bicycle, have your portrait taken with your faithful two-wheeled ride and enjoy plenty of other free activities. The Hammer’s North entrance on Lindbrook Drive will be wide open to bicyclists who want to ride right in and park at our guarded racks (but please bring a lock). Bike Night will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Feel like checking out the museum on another day? Go Metro and save $5 on admission. (Metro Rapid 720 or 761 to Wilshire/Westwood)

For great food and drink, head to Pasadena and enjoy the collaborative efforts of Kings Row Gastropub and Congregation Ale House this weekend. The two restaurants are teaming up to bring you some great pub dishes and prizes. Flash your TAP card to save some cash at Kings Row (offer excludes special promotions). The festival of drinks ends this Sunday, so get while the going is good. Both restaurants are open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until midnight on Sunday. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station, Metro Rapid 780 and Bus 256 also serve the area, check Trip Planner for routes)

Bike to Long Beach to check out the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Make sure to print out a coupon to save $2 on adult admission and $1 on child’s admission (valid this weekend only). The Aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall)

Finally, this is the only weekend Hola Mexico Festival is in town, so squeeze in a film or two (between Star Trek: Into Darkness, who’s ready for Spock?).

Go Metro to Taste of Hawthorne

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The Taste of Hawthorne food and music festival is happening this Sunday, May 19. Don’t miss the headlining performance of Grammy Award winning band Ozomalti at the Music FEEDS Stage. The Taste will be at the Hawthorne Airport from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Go Metro to get a free souvenir and the opportunity to win a two-night stay in Palm Springs! Simply present your valid TAP card at the main entrance information tent. Souvenirs are available while supplies last, so claim yours early.

The Taste can be reached from the Green Line Crenshaw Station or by Metro Bus 210 to Crenshaw/Northrop. Check Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Food, film, music…Hola Mexico!

Hola Mexico Festival returns to Los Angeles tomorrow, May 15, through May 22 with the best in Mexican films, food and music. Films will be showing at Regal Cinemas at LA LIVE, the Los Angeles Theatre and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Go Metro to any of the participating venues and save $1 on movie admission, just show your valid TAP card at the box office.

To get to the Los Angeles Theatre, take the Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or Bus 30, 40 or 45 to Broadway/6th.

To get to Regal at LA LIVE, take the Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, walk from 7th/Metro or take the Silver Line to Figueroa/11th.

To get to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, walk from Union Station. Use Trip Planner to find routes and connections .

Meet Me @Metro IV: Bringing it Home to Watts

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The fourth annual Meet Me @Metro, an event that combines public transit with theatre, will be heading back to the Metro Blue Line on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Join the Watts Village Theater Company for theatrical presentations of original poetry exploring the subjective theme of “home” with musical accompaniment.

“Scattered Joy” will be performed at 103rd Street Station and “Under the 105” will be performed at Willowbrook Station. Both shows will take place simultaneously at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., allowing audiences to see both performance pieces. The shows will range in length from 25 to 30 minutes, and there will be a 30-minute window afterward to allow for travel between venues. Guests can hop on the Blue Line or walk between stations. Audiodescription and interpretation will be provided for the Sunday performances.

Tickets are $25 for the performances on Saturday and pay-what-you-will on Sunday. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. To find more routes and connections to the event, use Trip Planner.