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Such a deal, and left out!

March 28, 2009

The article "It's Your Deal" by Reed Johnson [March 21] was certainly informative and interesting; however, he missed a very important service offered by the L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Authority: the free art tours offered to the public on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month.

Metro has installed fabulous permanent art in each station of the Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Gold, Orange (and soon-to-be Expo) lines, and the theme of each station includes historical and/or ethnic backgrounds of the neighborhood in which it is located, along with reference to transportation.

Morley J. Helfand

Arcadia

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Libraries are a fantastic spot for free "enlightenment and entertainment" for the entire family. Here is what is going on at the San Gabriel Library in April and May: weekly story times with art activities, "Last of the Dinosaurs" presentation, Dia de Los Ninos festivity, a Mariachi Magic Show, a tea party, a marionette show and a Chinese cooking demonstration with tasting.

All of this is free and held in a beautiful, newly refurbished building and is open to all.

Julie Sorensen

San Gabriel

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We were disappointed that the Craft and Folk Art Museum was not included in your article. We are free the first Wednesday of every month.

Sonja Cendak

Los Angeles

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Football is one thing, but when it comes to free public arts events, Mike Boehm's suggestion that the Trojans have it all over the Bruins is totally bogus ["Free Museum Days," March 21].

UCLA offers a vast array of gratis opportunities to experience the arts, including the Fowler Museum, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden and the New Wight Gallery, as well as free Thursdays at the Hammer Museum.

Come over to the blue and gold side of town, and I'll be glad to acquaint you with the spectrum of free performances, exhibitions and arts lectures presented every week at UCLA.

Chris Waterman

Los Angeles

The writer is dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

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