Judith Raphael wants all of Los Angeles to know that "the plains of Pico-Union are alive with the sound of music and friendship."
The organizer of the Pico-Union Harvest Festival scheduled for Sunday has made it her goal to show that the neighborhood in which she has run businesses for more than 40 years can be a beautiful one.
The festival will bring together the traditions of many of the cultures represented in the community, including Mexican, Central and South American, Korean and African. It will begin with a colorful parade of youngsters from local schools.
Sponsored by the the city's Cultural Affairs Department and the Community Redevelopment Agency, the festival will feature a poetry workshop, a youth art exhibit, food booths and performances ranging from Korean drumming to Salvadoran folk dancing.
The festival will take place in Alvarado Terrace Park, at Bonnie Brae Street and Alvarado Terrace, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information: (213) 385-6421.